Congrats to the 2016 Voices of Courage awardees!
Each year the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) recognizes individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to ending sexual violence. In 2016 we honored awardees at a luncheon ceremony held as part of the WCASA Training Institute in the Wisconsin Dells.
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.