Assignment - Building an Ethical Organization Part One
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Building an Ethical 1 Building an Ethical Organization UoP Student Axia College of University of Phoenix Building an Ethical 2 Building an Ethical Organization In April 2009 construction will begin on the corner of Pier and Locust Streets for the Sexual Assault Victim s Educational Safe Haven SAVES According to the US Department of Justice 2009 a sexual assault happens once every two minutes When these assaults occur where do the victims turn for assistance Currently there is no central location for these victims the director of SAVES is hoping to fill this void in the community by centering many services victims need all under one roof The SAVES building will be operated by a nonprofit victim s advocacy organization and will offer counseling educational programs legal advice and much more Services O ered SAVES will be open to any and all victims of sexual assault as well as their families and friends By offering programs not only to victims but loved ones as well SAVES will establish the most supportive community for the victim and assist those who feel the ripple effect of the assault s goal is to assure that all victims are treated fairly and with respect and that they all have access to the same programs According to Campbell 2008 Rape victims encounter significant difficulties obtaining help from the legal medical and mental health systems and what help they do receive can leave them feeling blamed doubted and revictimized As a result survivors39 postrape distress may be due not only to the rape itself but also to how they are treated by social systems after the assault para 40 Building an Ethical 3 SAVES will offer a variety of services assisting victims through every step of their fight against their assailant The SAVES building will be open 24 hours a day as 67 of sexual assaults happen outside of normal business hours RAINN 2008 A tollfree telephone number will be staffed around the clock for victims to call seeking advice reporting abuse or just needing a sympathetic ear If a caller reports abuse he or she will be asked if they would like a victim s advocate If needed these advocates will accompany victims to the hospital police department as well as to court appearances if the case would go that far SAVES staff will be able to assist with pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection testing in the days after an attack These tests are confidential and additional counseling services will be offered to those with positive test results SAVES will also provide general counseling to the victims and their families as well as legal advice and support Individuals who are victims of sexual assault are prime candidates for post traumatic stress disorder PTSD Immediate and frequent counseling can help to lessen the damage caused by PTSD Tolin amp Foa 2006 which is one of the many reasons that counseling will be strongly advised at SAVES Victims need to know that they are not alone in the fight to convict their attackers a strong support system will make the journey less daunting The center will also provide support groups that will meet weekly Participation in these groups will be voluntary and are offered only as an additional means of support Reducing the number of sexual assaults is possible with community involvement The center will offer community awareness programs focusing on educating members on the signs of abuse SAVES will also hold selfdefense classes for both men and women regularly creating an Building an Ethical 4 empowered community Involving the community and spreading the word about the center is imperative to the success of SAVES Mission The mission of SAVES is to Provide a safe and nurturing environment for sexual assault victims and their loved ones Staff shall protect educate counsel and inspire clients and their families Enhancing the lives of victims while protecting their privacy is of utmost importance Equal treatment of clientele is one major concern for SAVES SAVES will treat each case individually and with respect The director s caring and empathetic nature will be re ected in her staff This reinforces to victims and to the community that the SAVES organization will be run in an ethical manner with no tolerance for immorality The organization and its staff will do everything within their power to keep the community safe When a sexual assault occurs victims will have a safe and supportive environment to seek assistance from This organization and its safe haven will be run by and staffed with well educated professionals all working toward the common goal of assisting victims in returning to a normal life The community will be reassured of this motive through media ads and community events as well as the well published mission statement Values Lee and Bourdage 2009 state that an organization that implements a value statement will have more ethical and moral behavior from its employees these employees will also align their values with the values of the organization if the organization publishes its values for all employees to see Incorporating a values statement was imperative for SAVES SAVES worked Building an Ethical 5 with members of its staff at all levels as well as donors and community members to draft the following statement All staff and volunteers of SAVES shall adhere to practices that are in accordance with appropriate laws and with ethical principles that re ect a high level of competency SAVES will serve the public with integrity respect and dignity Clients will be encouraged and empowered by the staff s optimism empathy and compassion The values statement will inspire ethical behavior among staff because employees at all levels had a hand in its making Disciplinary actions will be in place so that when the values statement is not adhered to staff can be reprimanded Staff s behavior will be positively in uenced when they witness other staff members adhering to the values statement To encourage compliance and remind staff of the importance of values each month a staff member will be recognized for his or her outstanding behavior in accordance with the values of SAVES The values statement like the mission statement focuses on high moral standards within the organization Inspiring a change in victims who may have little to lift their spirits and fostering hope within the organization as well as within the community will be easily accomplished by SAVES capable and professional staff SAVES will unite several professionals who are working towards the same goal assisting those who are victims of sexual assault The community will be safer as SAVES staff works with victims and law enforcement to keep offenders off the street Victims will feel secure knowing that SAVES staff will protect them while educating them Empowering victims so they feel confident enough to defend themselves is the ultimate goal of SAVES Building an Ethical References Campbell Rebecca 2008 The psychological impact of rape victims39 experiences With the legal medical and mental health systems American Psychologist 638 702717 Retrieved 2009 from EB SCOHost database Lee Kibeom amp Bourdage Joshua 2009 Similarity and Assumed Similarity in Personality Reports of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 962 460472 Retrieved 2009 from EB SCOHost database RAINN 2008 The o enders Retrieved 2009 from httpWWWrainnorgget informationstatisticssexualassaultoffenders Tolin David F amp Foa Edna B 2006 Post traumatic stress disorder and sexual assault Psychological Bulletin 1326 959992 Retrieved 2009 from EB SCOHost database US Department of Justice 2009 Crime and victims statistics Retrieved 2009 from httpWWWojpgovbj scvicthtm 6
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