Resources for SADI Sites

Program Overview

The NYSCASA Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) is derived from the Resource Sharing Project Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative and informed by similar initiatives established by other state sexual assault coalitions. NYSCASA’s SADI will provide selected sexual assault programs across New York State an opportunity to receive specialized support in the following areas:

  • Cohort A: Enhancing sexual assault advocacy services and outreach
  • Cohort B: Strengthening prevention activities
  • Cohort C: Mitigating vicarious trauma in professionals addressing sexual assault

Who do I contact with questions?

  • Cohort A: Josie McPherson, Senior Director of Systems Advocacy (
  • Cohort B: Sarah Podber, Prevention Director (
  • Cohort C: Chrys Ballerano, Senior Director of Collaboration and Training (

Presentations and Workshop Materials

NYSCASA Presentations and Materials


Embracing Change & Growth Conference – Workshop Materials

Rooted in the SADI lessons the Embracing Change & Growth conference and workshops explored: organizational change & capacity building, addressing racism & oppression within our organizations, and critical self-reflection to bravely embrace change & growth.
Workshop Materials

Publications and Guides

Foundations of Advocacy Training Manual

This resource offers tools to equip new advocates with core knowledge and skills for supporting survivors of sexual violence. We recognize that there is a wide breadth of information and learning that is critical to strong advocacy programs. Consider this just a start to your agency’s training program! Our hope is that every program builds on the lessons in this manual by offering and requiring regular and ongoing training for all advocates in their programs, consistent with state/territory/tribal and agency standards.
Foundations of Advocacy Training Manual

Culturally Relevant Services for Tribal Communities and Communities of Color

This roundtable discussion explores conversation about the effectiveness of culturally specific services provided to sexual assault survivors and the outreach strategies for our communities.
Culturally Relevant Services Publication

Picturing Your Program: Planning for Organizational Growth

Taking a thorough look at how programs have structured services for survivors of sexual violence is an essential part of how we care for survivors. This toolkit provides guidelines to explore program values, resources, and structures related to sexual violence services.
Picturing Your Program Publication

Listening to Survivors – Essential Steps for the Intake Process

This tool assists dual/multi-service programs with restructuring their intake forms and procedures to align with approaches that are more survivor-focused and trauma-informed. Recommendations include building forms and procedures from a place of establishing relationship, safety, trust, cultural relevance, choice, collaboration and empowerment with survivors.
Listening to Survivors Publication

Comprehensive Services for Survivors of Sexual Violence

This guide explores how dual/multi-service programs can provide comprehensive services that address the entire scope of survivors’ experiences—going beyond immediate crisis response to supporting a wide range of both immediate and long-term issues that affect survivors’ whole selves.
Comprehensive Services Publication
Servicios integrales para los sobrevivientes de violencia sexual

Throw Away the Menu: Broadening Advocacy

This resource recommends dual/multi-service programs reconsider the concept of advocacy to be more responsive to the diverse and wide-ranging needs of survivors of sexual violence, and re-envision advocacy to expand beyond the care and support provided on helplines, in courtrooms, or hospitals, to also include the critical long-term emotional support survivors need in a range of contexts as they heal.
Throw Away the Menu Publication
Adiós al menú: cómo ampliar el alcance de la intercesoría

It Matters! How Defining Sexual Violence Defines Advocacy Programs

How advocacy programs view and define sexual violence shapes their identity and impacts the concrete ways they offer services and speak to the community. This resource explores how by widening our view of sexual violence, we can open our doors to a wider diversity of survivors.
It Matters! Publication

Building Cultures of Care

This guide provides information to support sexual assault services programs in strengthening their organizational and individual responses to survivors of sexual violence through the use of a trauma-informed approach. It provides an overview of the core principles of trauma-informed care and guiding points and questions to help organizations build cultures grounded in the philosophy of trauma-informed service delivery.
Building Cultures of Care Publication
La Cultura De La Atención Integral

Listening to Our Communities: Assessment Toolkit

This toolkit focuses on key tools and skills for conducting community assessments in order to strengthen services for sexual assault survivors. It is written specifically for multi-service programs, but will be useful for most victim service programs.
Listening to Our Communities Toolkit

Trauma-Informed Care

This handout provides a brief overview and framework for understanding the impact of trauma on survivors, communities, and those who serve them—and how this builds strong organizations and sexual assault services that are responsive to those needs.
Trauma-Informed Care Publication

Lessons for Local Programs & SADI Timeline Overview

These handouts provide a snapshot of the lessons learned from the national Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) and offers key practices and dynamics for how dual/multi-service programs need to be critically self-reflective about the very ways in which we have structured our programs and service models in order to enhance comprehensive services for sexual assault survivors.
Lessons for Local Programs
Lecciones Para Los Programas Locales
SADI Timeline Overview

Final Report

The Final Report provides concrete lessons learned and recommendations for funders, technical assistance providers, and dual/multi-service programs from the SADI project.
Final Report

e-Learning Tools

What is the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI)

Watch this brief overview to learn more about the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) and the lessons learned from this national project.

Listen Up! Active Listening as Advocacy

Through interactive scenarios and discussion this course will introduce you to the key principles and various active listening skills we can use to enhance the ways in which we connect with and serve survivors of sexual violence. The course also offers additional handouts with scenarios and exercises for practicing our active listening skills. Related handouts:
Scenarios for Active Listening Handout
Role Plays for Active Listening Reflection Handout
Active Listening Terms Handout

Anti-Racism is Fundamental to Sexual Assault Services

This conversation with three Technical Assistance Providers reflects on how to both personally and organizationally, regularly build new skills in order to build new practices that are embedded with a deep commitment to unlearning and disrupting all forms of oppression—and  very specifically racism in order to enhance our sexual assault services to survivors.

Change Starts Within – Strengthening Services

This recording is a conversation between two state/national Program Directors as they talk about trauma-informed supervision—and what that looks like for supporting and taking care of staff/advocates while being rooted in resiliency, honesty, trust, and giving advocates the support and tools they need to do this work. Related Handouts:
Strengthening Services Handout

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Training and Technical Assistance Providers

New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) is a private, non-profit coalition of community-based rape crisis programs located throughout New York State. NYSCASA’s mission is to end all forms of sexual violence and exploitation, and to address the impacts of sexual assault.

Who should I contact for training and support?

  • Cohort A: Josie McPherson, Senior Director of Systems Advocacy (
  • Cohort B: Sarah Podber, Prevention Director (
  • Cohort C: Chrys Ballerano, Senior Director of Collaboration and Training (


Additional Training and TA Providers

Elevate | Uplift

Changing practices. Supporting healing.

Elevate | Uplift, supported by a collective of national organizations leading anti-sexual violence work, is built on the foundation of lessons learned from the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative, a multi-year national project that helped community-based organizations strengthen services for survivors of sexual violence. Elevate | Uplift deepens and broadens that work by offering survivor-serving organizations the opportunity to explore these lessons learned with us.

Learn more about opportunities with Elevate | Uplift

Supported by Grant No. 2009-TA-AX-K011 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed are those of the conference and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Resources for Advocates

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 Get Help

If you have been sexually assaulted, call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.


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Search our program directory to find a rape crisis center in your area.


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