The theme of 2017's Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is Engaging New Voices. Check out the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), which gives survivors and advocates the resources necessary to engage the greater community in prevention efforts.
Stay tuned leading up to April and look for information on resources and events happening across the state.
Neil Heinen WISC-TV: "We Need Action Against Sexual Assault, Not Just Awareness"
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WCASA's 2017-19 Budget Proposal: Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS) Grant Program
- Effective, Vital and Woefully Underfunded: Sexual Assault Prevention and Victim Services in Wisconsin (Updated March 2017)
- A Population-based Staffing Model for State-Funded Sexual Assault Prevention & Victim Services (Updated March 2017)
Key Points on Addressing Wisconsin Rape Kits
WCASA offers a brief to inform the current public discussion regarding rape kits in Wisconsin. You can also see our letter-to-the-editor on the matter, Survivors Should Be at the Center, published recently by the Green Bay Press Gazette.
On January 30, 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) and WCASA, in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team, announced the By Your Side campaign to support survivors of sexual assault. The campaign provides survivors with the opportunity to find information about their rape kits and to connect to local advocacy organizations for support. See above link or call 1-800-446-6564.
Two New SASP Members in 2017
WCASA is excited to announce that two more organizations have become official sexual assault service providers (SASPs) in Wisconsin, bringing the total to 54. We congratulate Dove, Inc. and EVOC (End Violence on Campus) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison on reaching this milestone. Dove serves Iron County and parts of Michigan. EVOC serves UW – Madison students.
The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) is a statewide organization incorporated in 1985 to support and complement the work of Wisconsin’s community-based sexual assault service provider programs and other organizations working to end sexual violence. WCASA works in collaboration with communities throughout the state to support existing services to victims/survivors of sexual violence, to plan for the development of new services, to create and support community prevention efforts, and to stimulate community ownership of the issue of sexual violence.
Our work encompasses both intervention and prevention. For sexual violence to be eradicated, it must be met with a comprehensive response; this includes interceding where violence is happening to provide safety, support, and resources to those impacted by it (intervention), as well as educational outreach and social climate change which informs behavioral choices people make and precludes sexual violence from occurring in the first place (prevention). We see these activities as two sides of the same coin.