Latinas, an ever expanding part of our society, experience sexual victimization in epidemic proportions. On a national level, 1 in 6 Latinas experience sexual victimization in their lifetime. However, they are the least likely to report these incidents, due to both cultural and linguistic barriers that limit the help-seeking process.
Statistics clearly indicate that the Latina community is in need of sexual assault services. Unfortunately, linkages to services are still weak. Factors which make it difficult for them to get the services they need include: language barriers, fear of deportation, fear of isolation, fear of hardship if separated from a partner, lack of community and family support, cultural issues, and fear of the legal system.
Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc. (CONNSACS) is a statewide coalition of individual sexual assault crisis programs that works to end sexual violence through victim assistance, community education, and public …