Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
Read the Proclamation by President Barack Obama...
Read the White House Blog post by Lynn Rosenthal, WH Advisor on Violence Against Women...
Read the Proclamation by Governor Scott Walker...
– 2013 –
Scroll down for a listing of Events.
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– State Resources –
WCASA SAAM Resources
• SAAM Talking Points list
"Rise to the Challenge" SAAM Posters [with SAAM logo]
Poster - Flier Order Form - for
Non-SAAM versions of these posters [no SAAM logo] are available on the Rise to the Challenge page...Pre-Printed posters without the SAAM logo are also in stock and available from WCASA. There may be a charge for postage. Please contact us if you would like more information about placing an order or submit this Poster-Flier Order Form.
Check Yourself campaign [courtesy of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence]
- "Courageous" poster, tabloid (11"x14")
- "Fearless" poster, tabloid
- "Fearless" en Español poster, letter (8.5"x11")
- "Strong" poster, tabloid
- "Strong" - female poster, tabloid
- "Strong" - kids poster, tabloid
WCASA has pre-printed posters in stock and available. There may be a charge for postage. Please contact us if you would like more information about placing an order or submit this Poster-Flier Order Form.
– National Resources –
The national campaign is “It’s Time…To Talk About It!” The 2013 National campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and its connection to child sexual abuse prevention.
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:
- Sexual Violence and the Spectrum of Prevention: Towards a Community Solution guidebook (available in PDF and plain text from the linked page)
- a Sexual Violence and Spectrum of PreventionFact Sheet available:
- an Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention booklet available:
- Bystander Resource List
- Tips for Creating a Campaign
- and many many more...
- April 5th
- Rock the Walk for Sexual Assault Awareness Month 9:00-3:00pm, @ TOB, Black River Falls.Show your support in the campaign to end sexual assault.
- V-Day Milwaukee (ASL) 2013: The Vagina Monologues , 7:00pm, Milwaukee Youth Center. Performances will be voice interpreted. Children activities provided onsite.
- April 6th
- V-Day Madison (ASL) 2013: The Vagina Monologues , 7:00pm, American Family Insurance Theater, Madison. Performances will be voice interpreted. Children activities provided onsite.
- April 7th
- Morning, Location: Living rooms, coffee shops, salons and restaurants across Dane County. Rape Crisis Center Un-Run! Show you care by "Doing Nothing"! Join Rape Crisis Center's Un-Run! More here .
- April 9th
- SAAM Proclamation, 3:30 p.m.,The Family Center, 500 25Th Street North, Wisconsin Rapids. Mayor Zach Vruwink from Wisconsin Rapids and Mayor Chris Meyer from Marshfield will make a Proclamation to End Sexual Violence. Senator Julie Lassa and Representative Scott Krug will also be in attendance.
- Take Back the Night , Esker 108. 6:00-8:00pm, Whitewater. Shatter the silence, end the violence!
- April 10th
- Confronting the Realities of Sexual Violence on the College Campus , 8:30am-4:00pm, Gordon Commons, UW-Madison.
- Part of the End Violence on Campus (EVOC) Summit on Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and Stalking
- Keynote speaker is David Lisak, Ph.D; Plenary speaker is Jill Karofsky, J.D.
- April 11th
- Webinar – Power and Control Tactics Specific to Trans People. This webinar will guide participants through detailed trans-specific power and control tactics. Register here.
- "What Happens to the Brain during Sexual Assault?" Merrill, 6:00-8:00pm - Recording of a presentation given before the National Institute of Justice by Dr. Rebecca Campbell of Michigan State University. It discusses the neurobiology of sexual assault and the effects of trauma on victims. More detail here.
- Alverno College Forum: Gendered Violence
6:00 – 8:00 pm, Sister Joel Read Center, Alverno College, 3400 South 43Rd Street, Milwaukee. Explore issues of gender and violence, whether personal, political, or global. Does local violence represent social and political attitudes that can be linked to global practices?
- April 12th
- "Ring Out Sexual Violence" 12:00pm for 12 minutes at the Waupaca Courthouse. Presented by Waupaca County's SART, speakers include Waupaca Department of Health and Human Services Director Chuck Price, Waupaca County CAP Services-SAVS, and others. Please bring your bells and participate in raising awareness to end sexual violence.
- April 12-14th
- River Valley Players presents Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” 12-13th, 7:30pm & 14th, 2:30pm Touchstone Theatre, Spring Green. Proceeds benefit Hope House of South Central Wisconsin. More information here.
- April 13th
- Sexual Assault Recovery Program (SARP)'s 3rd Annual "Dancing & Romancing"
7:00pm-Midnight – Peppercorn Banquets, Monroe
- April 16th
- “Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse”
11:30am-1:30pm, Garden Party Café, Baraboo. Hosted by Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, this is a workshop designed to help Christians appropriately respond to survivors of sexual abuse and to raise awareness in their congregations.
- April 17th
- The Night Out Film Series presents ‘Mysterious Skin’ 7:00pm, Woodland Theater, UW-Eau Claire. The film is a 2004 drama that tells the story of two pre-adolescent boys who are sexual abused by their baseball coach… According to psychologist Richard Gartner, the novel Mysterious Skin is an uncommonly accurate portrayel of the long-term effect of child sexual abuse on boys. Followed by a post-screening panel discussion.
- April 19th
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month Luncheon
11:00-1:00pm, Adams County Community Center. The Adams County Coordinated Community Response Team, in partnership with Hope House, is hosting a free SAAM luncheon where Probation and Parole will cover the topic of sex offenders.
- April 19th
- Healing through Drama and Dance/ Movement Therapy, 4:00-6:00pm, Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy, Madison.
- Rock the Walk for Sexual Assault Awareness Month 9:00-3:00pm, Community Building, Wittenburg. Show your support in the campaign to end sexual assault.
- April 21-27th – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
- April 22–29th
- RCC Spark! – an online auction to support the Rape Crisis Center in Dane Co.; highlights include some amazing celebrity items (a signed book from Paul McCartney, autographs from Betty White, George Takei, Cheap Trick, Wilco, Kevin Smith, Wil Wheaton, and more). We also have tickets to tapings of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Big Bang Theory, and an iPad mini.
- April 23rd
- Faculty/student staff training (or anyone who is interested in addressing the issue of sexual violence), 6:00-7:00pm, Union Room 280, UW-Milwaukee.
- Mike Domitrz presents "Can I kiss you?", Wisconsin Room (UW-Milwaukee Union Building Second Floor), UW-Milwaukee, 7:30-9:00pm. Mike will be speaking about healthy intimacy and consent as well as raising awareness about sexual assault. More at
- April 23-24th
- Together for Children, 26th Annual Conference Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva. Sponsored by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin.
- April 24th – Denim Day! See the Denim Day page
- Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 6:00pm, UC Hamilton Room UW-Whitewater. Join the international march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. Registration begins at 5:00pm.
- Award Ceremony Outstanding Achievement in Supporting Sexual Assault Victims. 12:00pm, 518 S. 7th Ave. (Terrace Room), Wausau. Show your support in recognizing outstanding community members for their dedication to supporting survivors of sexual abuse. Please join to applaud the recipients. Light refreshments will be served.
- 10:00am–2:00pm. A display will be shown in the Multi-Cultural Room at the University Wisconsin Marathon County Campus, 518 S. 7th Ave in Wausau. On this day, companies in Wausau are encouraged to wear jeans on this day in support of survivors and bringing awareness to the issue.
- April 25th
- “Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse”
11:30am–1:30pm, House of Embers, Wisconsin Dells. Hosted by Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, this is a workshop designed to help Christians appropriately respond to survivors of sexual abuse and to raise awareness in their congregations.
- 10th Annual "Take Back the Night" 5:00-7:00pm, Racine. Sexual Assault Services of Lutheran Social Services in Racine County, in partnership with the Racine Public Library & Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church.
- "What Happens to the Brain during Sexual Assault?" 6:00-8:00pm, Tomahawk Public Library, Tomahawk. Recording of a presentation given before the National Institute of Justice by Dr. Rebecca Campbell of Michigan State University. It discusses the neurobiology of sexual assault and the effects of trauma on victims. More details here .
- Take Back the Night Rally. 4:00pm–6:00pm, , Terrace Room, UW-Marathon Campus, 518 S. 7th Ave., Wausau. Take Back the Night is about speaking out against crimes of violence; specifically sexual assault on this night. A march will follow the Speak Out through Marathon Park. Light refreshments and music to follow.
- April 26th
- Rock the Walk for Sexual Assault Awareness Month 9:00-3:00pm, House of Wellness, Baraboo. Show your support in the campaign to end sexual assault.
- "Take Back the Night" - UW La Crosse; 7pm / 8 pm march; gather at 1309 Centennial Hall, UWL campus; 9pm survivor speak out & candlelight vigil at Riverside Park Bandshell; for more info see Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 27th – Download flier for all of the WCASA events on this day, or visit the individual events pages:
- Survivors & Allies Task Force Meeting
- Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon
- 2nd Annual Wrap Around the Capitol
- April 29th
- May 1st
- 4:00-6:00pm, Madison - Rape Crisis Center will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with an open house. More details here.
- May 4th
- Taking Steps Against Violence 5K/10K Run and 5KWalk, 9:00am. Sponsored by Marshfield Clinic, the run/walk will take place at State Park Speedway, Wausau. Registration begins at 7:30 am, Event begins at 9:00 am, Pre-Registration by April 19, 2013: $20; after April 19: $25. To register, visit www.womenscommunity.org
- Agency Events
- Month of April
- Racine: Sexual Assault Services of Lutheran Social Services in Racine County will have have a SAAM display at the libraries in Racine County. The display will have books about sexual violence, information about our services, and various handouts and brochures related to sexual assault and prevention. The display will be at the following libraries:
- Racine Public Library, 75 7th St, Racine
- Waterford Public Library, 101 N. River St, Waterford
- Rochester Public Library, 208 W. Spring St, Rochester
- Burlington Public Library, 166 E. Jefferson St, Burlington (only the first two weeks of April (April 2 to 15th).
- Madison: The Rape Crisis Center will be displaying art at the Public Safety Building (198 W Doty St)
- Madison: WCASA will be sharing space with Rape Crisis Center, displaying denim decorated by survivors at Absolutely Art, 2322 Atwood Ave.