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        The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault creates the social change necessary to end sexual violence. 


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        Age & Ability

        Age & ability encompasses not only physical, cognitive, and other types of impairments, but also ageism —- the biases that we face on both ends of the continuum of our lives; children and teenagers face heightened threats as victims due to their inexperience and vulnerability; in later years, grown adults face similar threats of victimization as their ability to care for themselves deteriorates; perpetrators can take advantage of the vulnerability brought on by the deterioration of physical or mental abilities.

         

        Of Note:

        Disability Organizations Give New Budget Failing Grade For People With Disabilities 

        from Disabilities Rights Wisconsin (DRW): 

        “Many of you are well aware of the impact of the Wisconsin Governor's budget (now law) on collective bargaining and public employee unions. There is another story as well.  Please see the Report Card issued by the Survival Coalition -- a statewide coalition of disability organizations, of which Disability Rights Wisconsin is a member. This report card succinctly illustrates what awaits some of our most vulnerable Wisconsinites…”

        The Legislative Report Card can be read online [PDF]

        Read the Survival Coalition’s press release online

         

        U.S. DOJ -- First Estimates of Crime Against People with Disabilities

        The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has issued the first estimates of crime against people with disabilities.

        Using 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey data, BJS estimates that
        about one third (34%) of the crimes against persons with or without a
        disability in 2007 were serious violent crimes (rape/sexual assault,
        robbery, or aggravated assault). Persons with disabilities were victims
        of about 47,000 rapes, 79,000 robberies, 114,000 aggravated assaults,
        and 476,000 simple assaults.

        You can read more, and download text and PDF versions of the report on the DOJ website.

         

        Deaf Unity has recently launched a Hotline Service link to external website

         

        New Resources from Disability Rights Wisconsin

        In collaboration with our partners at Disability Rights Wisconsin and End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, would like you to know about two new resources posted to the DRW website available for download:

        CREATING SAFETY by Asking What Makes People Vulnerable?

        Developed through the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin and authored by Mark Sweet, Trainer and Consultant at Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW), this guide is a ground-breaking culmination of open thought, keen observation and practical understanding of how many people with disabilities experience human interactions and relationships designed to provide them support.
        Click here to download Creating Safety. PDF: portable document format

        Victims/Survivors Who Use Service Animals: An Updated Background Paper and Sample Policy for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs September 2011
        This booklet was originally developed and now updated by the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin to assist domestic violence and sexual assault organizations, and other service organizations that have questions about addressing requests for service animals as a reasonable accommodation or modification for program participants with disabilities.
        Click here to download the Service Animal guide  PDF: portable document format

         

        Links to Online Resources:

        Ability

        Disability Rights Wisconsin external link

        Deaf Unity link to external web page

        Disability Advocates Wisconsin Network (DAWN) link to external website – [email alert system]

        Board for People with Developmental Disabilities external web page link

        WI Developmental Disabilities Agency Links link to external web page

        National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities link to external web page

        MINCAVA: Disabilities and Violence link to external web page

        Accessing Safety Initiative link to external web page

        Safe Place link to external web page

        Common Myths and Misconceptions About Disability - PDF: portable document format handout

        Disability Etiquette PDF: portable document format – booklet from the United Spinal Association

        Safety Planning for Persons with Disabilities – Advocate Guide PDF: portable document format – a project of the Safety First Initiative

        Confronting the Sexual Abuse of Women with Disabilities PDF: portable document format – VAWNet booklet

        icon - multimedia content link Tisha Unarmed link to YouTube channel channel for a 25 year old woman who was born without arms and her right leg shorter than the left. Naturally, Tisha learned how to do everything with her feet including driving, painting, and dressing. An amazing look at the resilience of people with different abilities.

        icon - news article California senator seeks investigations of abuse of disabled people | LA Times - Dec. 19, 2012

         

        Age & Aging Issues

        Older Adults:

        National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) – Sexual Violence in Later Life Information Packet | fact sheet, technical assistance guide, resource list, and other documents

        National Institute on Aging external link

        National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life external link

        National Center on Elder Abuse external link

        Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups external link

        WI Bureau of Aging and Long Term Care external link

        Challenges Facing Aging Populations: Focus on Immigrant Elders PDF: portable document format (part of Wisconsin Women's Network briefs)

        The Truth Behind Elder Rape – Noelle Howey on The Daily Beast.com (related to sexual assault of a 73 y/o woman in New York’s Central Park, Sept. 2012) link to external web page

        National Resource Center on LGBT Aging icon - external web page link

        Nursing Home Abuse Guide - This guide was created so families and loved ones could seek answers on elder abuse and neglect. From injury types to claims, nursing home abuse guide covers an extensive amount of elder abuse discourse.

         

        Youth / Teens:

        Penn State Harrisburg\Northeastern University – The Experience of Dating Violence Among Latino Adolescents link to external web page

        Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) Toolkit on Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools to Improve Learning link to external web page

        Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic ViolenceTeen Abuse and Dating Violence resources link to external web page

        Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study: 1,430 7th-Grader Students Report Teen Dating Violence Behaviors and Risk Factors Occurring among Middle School Students link to external web page [published Mar. 2012]

        Safe Start Center – funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. . The goal of the Safe Start Initiative is to broaden the knowledge of and promote community investment in evidence-based strategies for reducing the impact of children's exposure to violence. Lots of good resources

        The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain– TED: technology, entertainment, design talk Sarah-Jayne Blakemore gives a fascinating explanation of human brain development and makes a plea for de-stigmatizing adolescence and appreciating it for the opportunity for growth and learning it truly is…  

        Your Guide to Confidential Sexual Health Care in WI - Brought to you by the Wisconsin Adolescent Health Care Communication Program, this brochure was developed to help young people in Wisconsin understand their rights to confidential sexual health care in the state. More information here.

         

        Child Sexual Abuse

        Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin external link

        Child Protective Services external link

        Stop it Now external link

        18th National Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect – originally held in April 2012, they have made their archive of presentation handouts available online

        Isthmus article: Finding Safety link to external web page, March 31, 2011

         

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        > 10/8: WCASA Webinar Series: ALL*

        > 10/14: Update on the Work of the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Response Team (AG -SART) Webinar

        > 10/18: Survivors & Allies Fall Meeting, Green Bay
        SCHOLARSHIP PERIOD ENDS 9/25

        > 10/27: Iron Jawed Angels Film Showing, Madison

        > 10/30: Regional SART Meeting, Wausau

        > 11/3-6: SAVAS, Madison

        SCHOLARSHIP PERIOD ENDS 10/1

          

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        > 11/13: WCASA Annual Meeting

         

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        WCASA Blog

        Guest Opinion (The Oregonian): Rape victims should not be afraid to report crimes

        This Guest Opinion is re-posted with permission from Danielle Tudor, author of this article. The original can be found at http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/03/rape_victims_should_not_be_afr.html. I learned recently that Richard Troy Gillmore requested that his ninth parole hearing, which was scheduled for April 9, be postponed for another two years.  To me, this is a victory in my ongoing […]

        Of NOte:

        New Research:

        Strengths and Silences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in Rural and Small Town Schools (report by GLSEN; link to press release on their site; study can be downloaded as PDF from linked page)


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