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

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        Sexual Assault Awareness Month



        The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has declared the theme for SAAM 2015 to be Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus.

        See below for Natonal Resources, events happening in the state





        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.

        Learn about the History of SAAM

        Visite nuestro página web en español de SAAM, donde puedes acceder a recursos e información.

        Sign NSVRC's 2015 Proclamation, which says 'I join advocates and communities across the country in taking action to prevent sexual violence. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and each day of the year is an opportunity to create change for the future.'

        Presidential Proclamation -- National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, 2015

        See NSVRC's SAAM Blog


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


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

        Events will be listed by date order.

        April 2015

        For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, some programs would like everyone to know about events and activities that will take place throughout the whole month.  These have been listed below alphabetically.  (They are not in the list below by specific date.)


        Bolton Refuge House - Jackson County (Black River Falls)

        A number of activities have been planned for SAAM.  See List Here.


        Domestic Violence Escape (DOVE) (Ironwood, MI and Wisconsin)

        We are doing a few different events in our area! April 29th our community is participating in the National Denim Days in MI. Then we have a couple local bakeries one in MI and one in WI participating for 2 weeks in "A Cup of Prevention" where a certain amount of proceeds from coffees sold gets donated to DOVE! And then on Saturday April 18th (see below also) we are holding our first "Awareness Matters" run/walk/stroll around Sunday Lake, Wakefiled MI @9am! It's for WI and MI residents! 


        Rape Crisis Center (Madison)


        Sexual Assault Center (Green Bay)

           UNHEARD VOICES:  Speaking out Against Sexual Violence ©
              This is a presentation that includes victim stories, a powerpoint                       presentation, and a panel discussion regarding sexual violence.  The
              purpose is to inform the audience of the legal, social, and emotional
              ramifications of sexual assault.  The panel consists of the District Attorney
              as well as representatives from the police department, schools, and the
              Sexual Assault Center.  The Sexual Assault Center has been presenting
              Unheard Voices to area high schools for 20 years.  We reach over 2,500
              students each year during Sexual Assault Awareness Month giving
              students much-needed information about sexual assault and how it
              impacts them.  Local law enforcement departments have reported to us
              that after these presentations, disclosures of sexual assault by area teens

              Final Schedule of locations, dates, and times for the presentations. 


        The Women's Center (Waukesha)

        A number of activities have been planned for SAAM.  

        See Press Release               See Clothesline Project Picture


        April 8, 2015 through April 23, 2015

        The Art of Awareness - Creative Revolution Parties

        UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence invites you to Book a Creative Revolution Party: Invite at least 10 friends to your home and make your statements Against Sexual Violence in a creative, safe and supporting environment. Pictures of your creative process will be displayed at the "Vagina Monologues" on April 25th (see below). 

        Cost: $20 per person

        Materials will be provided by UNIDOS.  Call 608-256-9195 for more information.

        April 23, 2015
        (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

        St. Bridget’s School - Outside Playground (211 E. Division St.), River Falls

        Take Back the Night - St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

        Take Back The Night is an event to empower and support survivors as well as raise awareness in our communities.  We encourage everyone to create the social change that is necessary to end sexual violence.  Rally, March, Candle Light Vigil, Food, Poster Making, Clothes Line Project, and Music.

        St. Croix Valley SART has teamed up with these other community organizations and groups and clubs from UW Wisconsin River Falls:

        This is an open community event and everyone is welcome. 

        For questions, please contact Erin McNiff of the St. Croix Valley SART at (715) 425-6443 or Email: erin@stcroixvalleysart.org.

        Poster of Event

        April 23, 2015 (6:00 pm - 7:30 pm)
        Shawano Community High School Library

        Take Back The Night - Safe Haven

        In recognition of April being Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, presenters from Maehnowesekiyah Wellness Center, the Dept. of Corrections and the Shawano City Policy will share information and resources available in the Shawano area.  A Question and Answer session will follow.

        Download Flyer Here

        April 24, 2015 (11:00 am - 4:00 pm)
        Copps Food Center, Phillips

        National Crime Victims' Rights Awareness Event - TimeOut Price County

        Show your support and gain insight about your rights from TimeOut and District Attorney Staff.  Get FREE SWAG!

        See Announcement Here

        April 24, 2015 (11:00 am - 4:00 pm)
        Gordy's, Ladysmith

        National Crime Victims' Rights Awareness Event - TimeOut Rusk County

        Show your support and gain insight about your rights from TimeOut and District Attorney Staff.  Get FREE reusable grocery bags and magnets!

        See Announcement Here

        April 24, 2015 (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
        Hancock Center (16 N. Hancock Street), Madison

        Break the Chain

        Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy, Inc. and Moving from Within will present this experiential workshop to engage and explore our own personal power through the powerful lyrics and movement of the theme song of the 1 Billion Rising movement.  This will be facilitated by Ann Wingate and Dianne Brakarsh.

        Free and open to the public.  RSVP appreciated (call Hancock Center at

        April 24, 2015 (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

        Walk A Mile In Her Shoes - UW Madison

        Registration & Start point: 1st floor, Red Gym

        Contact david.j.zeitlin@gmail.com for more information

        April 25, 2015 (5:00 pm - Spanish Language; 7:00 pm - English Language)
        Centro Hispano (810 W. Bad­ger Road)Madi­son

        Vagina Monologues

        In 1994, a play called The Vagina Monologues, written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, broke ground, offering to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addressed women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women. The Vagina Monologues ran Off-Broadway for five years in New York and then toured the United States. After every performance, Ensler found women waiting to share their own stories of survival, leading her to see thatThe Vagina Monologues could be more than a moving work of art on violence; she divined that the performances could be a mechanism for moving people to act to end violence.

        Tickets: $10 pre-sale, or $12 at the door.  All proceeds will benefit benefit UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence (90%) and V-Day Organization’s Spotlight Campaign (10%). 

        Contact UNIDOS at (608) 256-9195, Ext. 103 for questions or to purchase tickets.

        April 28, 2015 (3:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
        Blackhawk Technical College (6004 S Co Rd G - Room 1400B), Janesville

        Self-Defense Training - Public Offering at Blackhawk Technical College

        Sponsored by the Multi-Cultural Alliance, HOSA, and SNAP, this Self-Defense session also provides the opportunity to learn more about the history of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the movement to send sexual violence.

        For more information and to register contact Rubina Jan
        (rjan@blackhawk.edu).  Space is limited.

        Download Event Flyer

        April 29, 2015 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Denim Day Display; 12:00 - Award
        UW Marathon County Campus (518 S. 7th Avenue), Wausau

        As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, The Women's Community in Wausau is sponsoring the following events.

        Denim Day Observance and Award Ceremony Outstanding Achievement in Supporting Sexual Assault Victims

        Community members, schools, and companies are encouraged to wear jeans on this day as it is also Administrative Professionals Day in support of survivors and bringing awareness to the issue.  A display will be available in the Union from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.

        Show your support in recognizing outstanding community members for their dedication to supporting survivors of sexual abuse. Please join us to applaud the recipients. Light refreshments will be served.  This will be held in the Terrace Room.

        April 29, 2015 (5:45 pm - 8:00 pm)
        UW Marshfield/Wood County Lower Commons (2000 W. 5th Street), Marshfield

        Denim Day Celebration

        Hosted by The Family Center, Personal Development Center, and
        UW Marshfield/Wood County, a number of activities will be taking place during this event. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

               5:45 - Welcome & Opening Remarks
               6:00 - How to be a Bystander (Speaker: Steve Kaiser)
               6:30 - Survivor Story
               6:45 - Break
               7:00 - Discussion:  How Language Contributes to Rape Culture
                         (Panel: Julie Tharp, Joe Prillwitz, Jennifer Starkey, Tyler Waldo)

        April 30, 2015 (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
        Moraine Park Technical College's Fond du Lac Campus

        10 Points of Light to Take Back the Night Event 

        From the national Take Back the Night website: "Every year on the last Thursday of April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, TBTN holds a nation-wide event, 10 Points of Light to Take Back the Night. We designate ten locations circling the United States to simultaneously hold a candlelit vigil to show support for survivors and for unity in our commitment to ending sexual violence in all forms.  We encourage you to journey to one of the 10 Points of Light (10POL) to join us. Each of the 10POLs holds their own version of the event — from musical performances, spoken word poetry, and artistic expressions of all kinds to “speak outs” and story-sharing."  

        Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac has been selected as one of the 10 Points of Light for 2015 on April 30th.  (Location: 235 N. National Avenue, Fond du Lac, WI 54936)

        Open and Free to all students, staff, and public. 

        General Itinerary (Please Note:  This is a work in progress and details are 
                                      still being tweaked but the times are set)

        6:00-7:00pm    Open House/Check In (refreshments, informational booths 
                                from local organizations and activity)      

        7:00pm            Program in the Cafeteria (Speaker(s), Open Mic, etc.)

        8:00pm (ish)    Candle light walk around the MPTC Campus block

        Click here for Poster

        April 30, 2015 (Begins at 7:00 pm)
        UW Parkside Movie Theater (900 Wood Road), Kenosha

        Dissolve - A Theatrical Performance (Written by Meghan Gardiner and Directed by Renee Iaci)

        Dissolve (a Shameless Hussy Production) is a one woman,14 character hilarious and heartbreaking theatrical performance that confronts the topic of drink spiking and drug facilitated sexual assault.  (Starring Jessie Richardson award winning actress, Emmelia Gordon.)

        This is a free event with limited seating.  Attendance by ticket only.  Please call for tickets.* Tickets can be picked up at the door.

        Sponsored by Women & Children's Horizons, Aurora Medical Center of Kenosha, the University of WI - Parkside, and Sigma Lamba Gamma National Sorority, Inc.

        *For More Information and for Tickets contact Rebecca J. Rodriguez, RN (SANE Program Coordinator at Aurora Medical Center of Kenosha) by calling 262-705-6846 or 262-948-5667 or Lucy Ortiz (Sexual Assault Program Coordinator at Women & Children's Horizons) by call 262-287-5541 or
        262-656-3500, ext. 114.

        Download Poster Here



        –  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 section devoted to SAAM resources (including the same content in Spanish).


              The SAAM 2015 campaign provides resources on campus sexual violence prevention. Help us create communities that prevent violence and build campuses that respond well. Everyone can play a role in creating safer campuses. Take action to prevent sexual violence. 

              Click here for a Toolkit of Materials - including factsheets, posters, planning tools, a video, and more.

              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.


              Need help planning for SAAM? NSVRC has provided lots of new tools and resources on their website to help you learn, plan and engage media. You can also reach out for assistance

              The NSVRC also has:

              Upcoming Events

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              2015 WCASA Calendar
              Regional TA Events
              Statewide Events


              Registration Open!


              > 4/25Survivors & AlliesVoices of Courage Awards LuncheonWrap Around the CapitolMadison

              > 5/13 & 5/14: Spring Director's Meeting, Weston

              > 6/11: Paths to Healing Conference, Madison

              > 6/16: Statewide SART/CCR Conference, Rothschild

              > 6/22-6/25: Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy School (SAVAS), Black River Falls


              Save the Date


              April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

              > 4/29: Denim Day

              > 7/21 & 7/22: Northern Training, Danbury


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