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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

         

        April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

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        The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has declared the theme for SAAM 2015 to be Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus.
        (See more information under Natonal Resources at the bottom of the page.)

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        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.

        See CALCASA's SAAM Toolkit 2014

        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.



        Events

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

         

        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 24th - 25th (more information about this will follow). 

        Cost: $20 per person

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

        April 16, 2015 (7:00 pm) - Teach-in on April 17th

        Speaker: Beth Ritchie - Scholar, Educator and Activist
        UW-Madison’s Elvehjem Building (800 University Avenue) - Room L160

        Part of the Black Lives Matter Spring 2015 Speaker Series sponsored by The Young, Gifted and Black Coalition, Comparative U.S. Studies, and the Havens Center at the UW.

        Beth Ritchie is the D
        irector of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at University of Illinois-Chicago and author of "Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America's Prison Nation.” Richie said her 2012 book addresses not only literal imprisonment, but it also “the ideological shift and policy changes that use criminalization and punishment as a response to a whole range of social problems.”  Richie also has advised the National Football League on policies on domestic violence and sexual assault.

        For more information on the series, search for #BlackLivesMatter Self-Determined Community Control or “Ferguson to Madison” on Facebook, or email FergusonToMadison@gmail.com.

        Speaker Series Poster 



        April 21, 2015 (Begins at 6:30 pm)
        Tripp Commons (2nd Floor), Memorial Union

        Speaker: Zerlina Maxwell - Political Activist and Journalist

        Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst and contributing writer for The New York Daily News,  Feministing.com, theGrio.com, BET.com, and EBONY.com.  She writes about national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming and gender inequality.  Her writing has also appeared in The Washington Post, JET Magazine, on CNN.com and other mainstream media outlets.  She is also a weekly guest and fill in host for Make It Plain with Mark Thompson on Sirius XM Progress and democratic commentator on Fox News and MSNBC.  She has a J.D. from Rutgers Law School - Newark and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.  

        Sponsored by the Willis L. Jones Leadership Center of the Wisconsin Union, this event is free.  It has been designated as part of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities on the UW Madison Campus.

        For Questions, call 608-265-9867 or Email JonesLeadershipCenter@mail.com.  Information can also be found on the website at: http://www.union.wisc.edu/wjlc-events.htm.



        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
        608-251-0908).



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

        Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

        Registration & Start point: 1st floor, Red Gym

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



        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


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