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        Sexual Assault Awareness Month


        April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

        The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

        By working together and pooling our resources during the month of April, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.

        Read the 2014 Proclamation by President Barack Obama

        Read the press release from the Office of Governor Scott Walker regarding Denim Day.

        Read the White House Blog by Lynn Rosenthal, WH Advisor on Violence Against Women

        Read H.Res.541, co-sponsored by WI Rep. Gwen Moore supporting the goals and ideals of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.



        Scroll down for a listing of Events. (We will be updating our events section as we receive notice of events.)

        If you have events going on around the state, please email the Technology and Events Coordinator at peterf@wcasa.org.


        –  State Resources –

        tealribbon.jpg WCASA SAAM Resources

        SAAM Talking Points list PDF: portable document format


        "Rise to the Challenge" SAAM Posters [with SAAM logo]

        Listen poster thumbnailRise to the Challenge - poster 1: "Listen"
        [8.5"x11", letter] [11"x17", tabloidPDF: portable document format




        Smoke poster thumbnailRise to the Challenge - poster 2: "Smoke"
        [8.5"x11", letter] [11"x17", tabloidPDF: portable document format





        Magic poster thumbnailRise to the Challenge - poster 3: "Magic"
        [8.5"x11", letter] [11"x17", tabloidPDF: portable document format





              Downloadable files have been made available above.  All pdf images in letter and tabloid formats may be printed out and used in your community.  Feel free to add in your own contact information.

              Non-SAAM versions of these posters [no SAAM logo] are available on the Rise to the Challenge page. 

              collage of poster thumbnails showing three different postersCheck Yourself campaign [courtesy of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence]


              Downloadable files have been made available above.  All pdf images in letter and tabloid formats may be printed out and used in your community.  Feel free to add in your own contact information.

              – National Resources –

              NSVRC SAAM campaign logo: It's time... To Talk About It! Talk Early, Talk Often.The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has a page devoted to SAAM resources (including the same content available en Español).


              The national campaign is “It’s Time…To Talk About It!” The 2014 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and young people. This April, use your voice to impact our future.


              The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) released an Alert regarding talking to your Representative or Senator about funding for sexual assault services and prevention during April (which is when Congress is not in session and most folks are in their home states); their alert with links to talking point resources can be found here.


              The NSVRC also has:



              Event Listing

              UW Marshfield/Wood County

              Donate jeans (all sizes and types) as part of Central Wisconsin's Denim Day observance.  Drop them in boxes at the UW Marshfield/Wood County campus and select community locations. See next events under 4/23 and 4/23-4/30.  See flyer for listing of all events.

              Contact Jordan Galeles with any questions at GALEJ7748@students.uwc.edu.

              4/1-4/30: Wausau

              It's Time....To Read About It!

              The Marathon County Public Library will showcase books on display all month long that will help educate how child abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking impact lives. Sharing a good book is a great way to open up a dialogue. More here.

              4/1-4/30: Sexual Assault Center, Green

              Unheard: Voices: Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence

              This presentation from the Sexual Assault Center that includes victim stories and a panel discussion regarding the legal, social, and emotional ramifications of sexual assault. The panel discussion includes our District Attorney and representatives from the police department, schools, and the Sexual Assault Center.  “Unheard Voices” has been presented in area high schools for over 17 years, reaching more than 2,500 students each year. Local law enforcement has reported that after these presentations, disclosures of sexual assault by area teens greatly increase.

              During the month of April there will be a number of presentations at different locations.  For a full Calendar of these and other events, click here.


              4/1: Nationwide

              National Day to End Sexual Violence

              Show your support by wearing a teal ribbon this month. By working together to end sexual violence in our community we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights, and social justice issue. To request ribbons call The Women’s Community. More at http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/current-campaign/day-of-action.


              4/1 (7:00pm): Madison (see more RCC and Dane County SAAM events)

              Brave Miss World movie screening

              Marquee Theater, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison

              A documentary by Cecilia Peck and Inbal Lessner, about rape survivor and Miss World Linor Abargil’s quest to turn personal tragedy into global awareness. Sponsored by: WCASA, UW PAVE, RCC. More information here.

              4/1: Appleton

              Sex Trafficking – Total System Response

              This training program will educate participants in the dynamics of human trafficking the scope and scale of the problem. Different types of human trafficking will be explored and participants will learn the investigative challenges of trafficking cases, as well as the importance of the victim interview and victim placement. The Sexual Assault Crisis Center - Fox Cities is co-sponsoring.

              : Madison (see more RCC and Dane County SAAM events)

              Panel Discussion on Alternative Healing Modalities for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Incest
              - From 4:00- 6:00 pm at Hawthorne Library.

              Panel discussion with Mary Crawford (Energy Work), Terri Pellitteri (Tai Chi), and Grace Valentine (Movement/Dance Therapy). Held at 2707 E Washington Ave in Madison. Sponsored by RCC.


              4/3: UW-Whitewater (see more events at UW-Whitewater)

              “Survival Mindset” by UWW Police Services. From 6pm-9pm in Esker 120 attend this free workshop by UW-Whitewater Police Services to increase personal and situational awareness and practice self-defense. For more information call (262) 472-1305.


              4/6: Madison (see more RCC and Dane County SAAM events)

              "Un-Run" to Benefit RCC

              A unique (non)event to benefit the Rape Crisis Center of Dane County by encouraging supporters to make a donation and take the morning off! Register by making a tax-deductible donation to receive a "race packet" with coupons for items and discounts designed to help you enjoy your morning off. Sponsored by Rape Crisis Center. For more information or to register, please visit Un-Run.org or call (608) 251-5126.


              4/7: Madison (see more RCC and Dane County SAAM events)

              Bascom Hill Display at University of Wisconsin-Madison

              An awareness display on Bascom Hill for the UW community. Held at University of Wisconsin-Madison Lower 1/3 of Bascom Hill. Sponsored by PAVE UW.


              4/7-11: Nationwide

              National Youth Violence Prevention Week. Learn more about what you can do in your community at nationalsave.org.


              4/8: Prairie du Sac

              Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children 2.0 Training

              Facilitated by Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, this free training teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  The new 2.0 version includes updated statistics and a new workbook and video.  For more information, including how to register, please visit www.HopeHouseSCW.org.


              4/8: UW-Whitewater (see more events at UW-Whitewater)

              Take Back the Night

              From 6:00-8:00pm join SAVE, UW-Whitewater Health and Counseling Services and UW-Whitewater PD for an evening that will empower us to make our world safer for each other one night at a time. The event provides support to those who have been impacted by sexual assault or domestic violence either personally or indirectly. Resources, personal stories, a march and a bonfire with smores will be part of the evening. See event flyer for more information.


              Madison (see more RCC and Dane County SAAM events)

              Project Unbreakable. 7 pm at Sterling Hall, Room 1310.

              Project Unbreakable increases awareness about sexual violence while encouraging healing through art. Held at Sterling Hall, Room 1310, 475 N Charter St, Madison. Sponsored by PAVE UW. For more information visit Facebook.com/pave/uw.


              4/10: Milwaukee

              “Blutender: Hope Shining Blue”. Join The Healing Center for its “Blutender: Hope Shining Blue” event, as the Pfister turns blue to honor survivors and recognize Denim Day! Hope Shining Blue’s artists join Blu as guest bartenders, while attendees have a chance to bid on Hope Shining Blue’s denim art. All tips collected and 10% of the night’s proceeds benefit The Healing Center. This event will be held on Thursday, April 10th, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Blu Bar (23rd Floor, Pfister Hotel, 424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI)


              4/10-4/13: Milwaukee

              “Surviving the Cycle”. Richard Gustin’s play, “Surviving the Cycle,” a cross-disciplinary production focusing on abusive relationships is scheduled for April 10th-13th. This is open to the public.  Admission is $5 at the door. Proceeds go to HBSSW scholarships. The location is Kenilworth Studio 508 (1925 E. Kenilworth Pl., Milwaukee 53202). For more information, please contact: Roberta Hanus at (414) 229-6026 or roberta@uwm.edu or see the event flyer.


              4/11: Cecil

              Dance Back the Night!

              Join Safe Haven for this fundraising and awareness, involving dancing (naturally), as well as a performance, auction and snacks. See flyer for more.


              4/11: Milwaukee

              UMOS Latina Resource Center Fundraiser. The UMOS Latina Resource Center is holding its “Mi ArcoIris” fundraiser to support their domestic violence and sexual assault services. This event includes a networking reception, silent auction, and dinner/program. Tickets are $60 / $480 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, call (414) 389-6002 or order them online. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please call (414) 389-6002 or email carmen.lerma@umos.org by Friday, April 4th. See event flyer for more information.


              4/12: Madison (see more RCC and Dane County SAAM events)

              Community Read-In - Saturday, April 12th from 11:00 am -1:00 pm at Goodman South Madison Public Library. Excerpts from stories of healing from sexual assault. Informal discussion to follow, with refreshments. Held at 2222 S Park St, Madison, WI 53713. Sponsored by Project Respect.


              4/14 & 4/15: Madison (see more RCC and Dane County SAAM events)

              Sexual Assault Facts vs. Myth Display

              A display featuring sexual assault facts vs. myths. Held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Bascom Hill. Sponsored by UW Sex Out Loud.


              4/14: Shawano

              Unheard Voices. Join Safe Haven at 9am at Shawano High School. Unheard Voices is a program that is put on by the Sexual Assault Center from Green Bay, which travels around to area schools to present stories about sexual harassment and assault. For more information, contact the Sexual Assault Center.


              4/16: Wausau

              Denim Display

              From 8:00am-1:00pm, the Women's Community will be displaying denim created by survivors along with an information booth at the North Central Technical College campus (1000 W. Campus Dr., Wausau).


              4/16: Wausau

              Award Ceremony Outstanding Achievement in Supporting Sexual Assault Victims

              At 5:30pm, show your support in recognizing outstanding community members for their dedication to supporting survivors of sexual abuse. Join The Women's Community to applaud the recipients. Light refreshments will be served at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County Campus (518 S. 7th Ave., Wausau, Terrace Room). Following will be a showing of The Invisible War (Main Building Theatre). More here.


              4/16: Madison (see more RCC and Dane County SAAM events)

              Public Talk by Transgender Activist, Janet Mock

              The talk is meant to impart vital insight about the unique challenged and vulnerabilities of trans youth and brave women like herself. Held at Varsity Hall III (2nd floor), Union South. Sponsored by UW LGBTCC & more. Doors open at 6:15pm; the talk takes place from 7:00-9:00pm. Q&A and book signing to follow.


              Madison (see more RCC and Dane County SAAM events)

              Spoken Word with Climbing Poetree - 7:00 pm; Location TBD.

              Alixa and Naima of Climbing Poetree interweave spoken word, hip-hop, and award-winning multimedia theater to expose injustice, channel hope into vision, and make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible. Sponsored by Campus Women's Center. For more information visit Facebook.com/campuswomenscenter.uw.


              : West Bend

              Celebrate Denim Day 2014. Raise Awareness about Sexual Violence and Support Friends of Abused Families

              See the flyer for more information.


              : River Falls

              Celebrate Denim Day 2014. Join Turningpoint by wearing denim and showing your support for survivors and victims of sexual violence. See the flyer for more information.


              : Marshfield

              Celebrate Denim Day 2014. Join The Family Center from 6:00-8:00pm as they celebrate Denim Day at UW-Marshfield/Wood County (Lower Commons).

              See the Family Center website for more information.

              4/23: UW Marshfield/Wood County

              As part of the Central Wisconsin's Denim Day observance, you are invited during the Noon hour to come to the crossroads of UW Marshfield/Wood County to write messages of support on the donated jeans. (see event under 4/1-4/21)

              At 6:00 pm in the UW Marshfield/Wood County Commons, there will be presentations, resources, refreshments, and another opportunity to decorate the donated jeans.  See last event 4/23-4/30.  See flyer for listing of all events.

              Contact Jordan Galeles with any questions at GALEJ7748@students.uwc.edu.


              4/23: UW-Whitewater (see more events at UW-Whitewater)

              Celebrate Denim Day 2014. UWW Police Services will be wearing denim on April 23, 2014 in support of survivors. There will also be collection boxes throughout campus, until April 29, 2014, for used jeans to be given to survivors in need or used for art therapy. For more information see the event flyer, contact (262) 472-4660 or police @ uww.edu or see uwwpolice.org.



              Denim Day at UWM, across the UWM Campus. Sponsored by the UWM Women's Resource Center. Free Event. For more information, contact the UWM Women's Resource Center at 414-229-2852.



              Denim Day Milwaukee @ LGBT Community Center. As part of honoring victims of rape and sexual assault, the Center will host a Denim Day Event. We invite community members ages 13 and above to join in a discussion and activity that creates awareness around sexual assault. The discussion will be centered around sexual assault in the media and "rape culture". Everyone who participates will be given materials to create art projects from denim. Community members are encouraged to bring an old pair of jeans they don't mind cutting up, but that is not mandatory. We will also have materials. There will be other supplies, including old denim for to use in the project. Please RSVP to AVP@mkeLGBT.org.

              UW Marshfield/Wood County

              To conclude the Central Wisconsin's Denim Day observance the fully decorated jeans will be displayed around campus and select community locations. (See also events 4/1-4/21 and 4/23)

              See flyer for listing of all events.

              Contact Jordan Galeles with any questions at GALEJ7748@students.uwc.edu.


              Characteristics of Resilient People. Provided by. At the Northside Library (1500 27th Ave, Kenosha), join Women and Children's Horizons and presenter Marilyn Kile for this open discussion. Resiliency is what helps us survive and even thrive through and after diversity. Come and learn about the characteristics of highly resilient people and how to build your own resiliency capabilities and support growth in others. Experience how to make a strengthening outlook change in your own life. Recognize and celebrate the resiliency in all trauma survivors.

              This event is free of charge. Refreshments will be served. All community members are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

              For more information Find the Task Force at facebook.com/KCSurvivorsAndAllies.



              Racine Take Back the Night! From 5pm-7:30pm join Sexual Assault Services, the Racine Public Library and the Olympia Brown Universalist Unitarian Church, featuring Shutter the Silence. For more information see event flyer.


              : Green Bay

              Showing of the film 'It Was Rape'

              Sponsored by Oneida Domestic Violence, Oneida Health Promotion & Disease Prevention & Wise Women Gathering Place. Gripping and emotional, this film is an opportunity to empathize with people—not just absorb faceless statistics—and to puncture the silence and denial that allow sexual assault to thrive. The film will be show at 7pm at the Social Services Building is Located at 2640 West Point Road, Green Bay, WI. See flyer for more information.


              4/24 & 4/25
              : La Crosse

              Speaking Out: Why I Stand is a narrative storytelling project that portrays the lives of military sexual trauma survivors as they reintegrate into civilian life.

              Both performances start at 730pm and are taking place at the Muse Theatre (1353 Avon St, La Crosse, WI 54603).

              Mature audiences only. Ticket prices are $10 for students and veterans, $15 for general public. Tickets will be available starting 4/7 at the following Festival Foods Locations: Onalaska, Copeland Ave (La Crosse) and The Village (La Crosse)

              For more information, see event flyer.



              Take Back the Night. Join Safe Haven at 5pm at Shawano High School in the Commons area. For more information, see the Safe Haven website.



              “It was Rape”. A film depicting 8 personal stories of sexual assault, presented 5:00-7:00 pm at Oneida Social Services. More information at  the Family Services of NE WI website.


              Madison (see more RCC and Dane County SAAM events)

              Healing Through Music and Movement Therapy - From 4:00-6:00pm at the Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy

              Open House & Program. Music therapist RoseAnna P. Cyr, MA, MT-BC and Movement Therapist Grace Valentine, MA, LPC will show how these therapies are used. Voluntary participation in exercises in grounding boundaries and self-expression. Light refreshments. Held at 16 N Hancock Street. Sponsored by the Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy. For more information visit HancockCenter.net or call (608) 251-0908.



              Today, Safe Haven in Shawano is supporting the Menominee Tribe's proclaimation of Denim Day for all Tribal Employees.


              : Racine

              11th Annual Take Back the Night. Take a stand against sexual violence! Support those who have been sexually assaulted! See the flyer for more information.

              : Madison

              Bilingual performance of The Vagina Monologues - 6:00 pm at The Brink Lounge (701 E. Washington Avenue).

              Cost: $8 pre-sale; $10 at the door. Proceeds will benefit UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence. See full flyer here.

              4/29: UW-Whitewater (see more SAAM events at UW-Whitewater)

              Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Join PADA from 5:00-7:00pm to show support for victims of sexual assault

              Cost: $10 student, $20 Community Member, $100 Group ( up to 8)

              Register an individual or group. For more information, contact wellness @ uww.edu, pada @ idcnet.com, call PADA at 920-674-6748, or check out our event on PADA’s Facebook Page.



              Milwaukee LGBT Community Center hosts Healthy Relationships Refresher.  Many of you wanted a continuation or refresher of the Healthy Relationships course you took. For all of our Healthy Relationship graduates we are meeting back and offering an ongoing support group. We will discuss future meeting dates and frequency at this first event. This is a great opportunity to work on healthy communication in all of your relationships whether they are with co-workers, family, partners and more. Please RSVP - and feel free to share with other course participants.



              Intersections: Women and Multicultural Film Series - "It Was Rape". Join the Women’s Resource Center for a showing of this film from 1:00-3:00pm on campus at UWM Bolton Hall 196.

              Rape is wrong, illegal and reprehensible – and yet still tragically common. In this film, eight women tell their diverse personal stories of sexual assault, from a Midwestern teenager trying alcohol for the first time to a Native American woman gradually coming to terms with her abusive childhood. Gripping and emotional, this film is an opportunity to empathize with people – not just absorb faceless statistics – and to puncture the silence and denial that allow sexual assault to thrive. Ultimately, their stories shed light on how this epidemic affects us all. This event is part of a bi-weekly brown bag series at UWM showcasing and discussing issues related to women, multiculturalism, and diversity. Sponsored by the UWM Women’s Resource Center, UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, and UWM Multicultural Student Centers. Free Event. For more information, contact the UWM Women’s Resource Center at 414-229-2852 or see the event flyer.


              5/1: Dodgeville

              3rd Annual Night of Enlightenment - From 5-7 pm the Tri-County Coordinated Community Response Team invites you to join them for refreshments and a true story presented by a sexual assault survivor.  This will be located in the Health and Human Services Center in the Community Room.

              Please RSVP to Cody Warner (608-348-5995, ext. 224) by April 25, 2014. 
              See flyer here.

              5/2: Mineral Point (see more RCC and Dane County SAAM events)

              Scenes & Songs from Paul McComas' Novel "Unplugged" - From 2-7:30 pm at the Alley Stage

              Author Paul McComas and musician Maya Kuper tell the tale of Dayna Clay, protagonist of the 2002 novel Unplugged, through 12 scenes on an outdoor stage. Cost is $20. Held at the Alley Stage, 18 Shake Rag St, Mineral Point. Sponsored by Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point, proceeds benefit Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). For more information visit ShakeRagAlley.com.



              Waukesha Women’s Center is having its anniversary luncheon on Friday, May 2nd, at the Italian Community Center. Proceeds benefit The Women’s Center’s free programs and services that help women and children heal and break the cycle of violence. Lisa T.D. Nguyen is the keynote speaker. Please call Dana at (262) 522-3805 to reserve your seat(s).  Please visit the Women’s Center webpage for see event flyer for more information.



              Women and Children's Horizons is hosting its 5th Annual “Strike Out Abuse" Bowl-a-thon at Guttormsen Rec Center (5411 Green Bay Road, Kenosha). Teams of 6 bowlers, company sponsored or just a group of family or friends. Team registration is $50 and includes 3 games, shoe rental, soft drinks, food and fun. Registration starts at 12:30pm. For more information, call Women & Children’s Horizons at 262-656-3500


              Green Bay

              Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Brought to you by Sexual Assault Services and Golden House. Are you man enough? What’s the most macho way to take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault? Try walking a mile in high heels. You think that’s funny? We challenge you to give it a try. Meet at The City Deck by Hagemeister Park in Green Bay. Check in is at 10 am; the walk is at 11 am. Men can borrow a pair of our man-sized high heels, while ladies and children can participate in their own walking shoes. Form a team or walk as an individual. For more information and to register, see walkamilegb.com.


              : Online (see more RCC and Dane County SAAM events)

              A Spark for RCC!

              Online community auction benefiting the Rape Crisis Center. Check online throughout April for GREAT items and fun experiences- all up for bid to support the work of RCC. For more information visit RCCSpark.org or email RCCSpark @ gmail.com.


              : Medford

              Stepping for Survivors! Join Stepping Stones, Inc. at 10:00 am to help
              raise awareness on Sexual Assault and the effect it has on victims. 1 Mile Walk/Run to support sexual assault victims and survivors.  Meet on Centennial near Skate Park and walk the river walk to Allman and back.

              Register by April 24th to receive shirt. Registration Fee (Shirt Included): $25.00.
              Call (715) 748-3795 for more information.

              ALL AGES WELCOME!! 

              5/15: Online (see more RCC and Dane County SAAM events)

              Ladies Night Out - From 5:00-8:00pm at the Greenway Station

              An evening of shopping, dining & entertainment. Enjoy exclusive sales, free appetizers & treats, complimentary chair massages, live entertainment & prizes. The first 300 attendees will receive a $10 Greenway Station gift card! All for a $5 donation to benefit the Rape Crisis Center. Held at Greenway Station, 1650 Deming Way, Middleton. Sponsored by Greenway Station. For more information visit GreenwayShopping.com.


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              > 4/26: Survivors & Allies Task Force / Voices of Courage / Wrap Around the Capitol, Madison

              5/5-8: SAVAS, Weston

              > 5/14-15 Director's Meeting, Wisconsin Rapids

              > 6/19: Paths to Healing, Madison

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