Prevention • Education • Intervention • Treatment
KCSARC has long recognized the strong connection between sexual assault, youth homelessness, and trauma-related mental health issues.
What we know about sexual assault and homelessness:
• Sexual assault is a major cause of youth homelessness, with more than 40% impacted by this violence before they become homeless.
• Untreated, youth are more likely to remain homeless and are at greater risk of additional sexual assault or exploitation on the streets.
• KCSARC is one of the few organizations in the country providing trauma-specific therapy resulting from sexual assault with youth who are homeless.
We developed Project360 to address the intersection of homelessness and sexual assault by providing a full spectrum of culturally competent services to youth impacted by sexual violence.
Services offered through Project360:
• Trauma-specific therapy
• Case management
• Legal advocacy
• Prevention education
• Community response teams (CRTs) comprised of law enforcement, schools, and other youth service providers gather to more effectively identify and refer youth in need
• Youth-led prevention activities at both YouthCare and Friends of Youth
Successes of Project360:
• 83% of youth participating in the program experienced symptom reduction – a life altering result that frees youth to address other aspects of their lives
• 93% increased their ability to function successfully in daily life – a 10% increase over 2014 results
• 82% achieved increased stability (e.g., housing, school, or job training enrollment) through case management
Results from 2015 Project360 clients.
Partners on Project360:
• Friends of Youth
• Redmond Police Department
• Interagency Academy/Seattle School District
• Riverview Learning Center/Riverview School District
• Northwest Network consults with partners on issues relating to youth identifying as LGBTQ.