wrap around the capitol
April 1, 2017
Capitol Building, 2nd Level, Madison
Wrap Around the Capitol is a healing part of the finale of WCASA’s Day of Healing in Madison. Survivors and Allies from throughout the state are invited to unite their voices for their own individual healing and to promote continued healing for all survivors. This event includes survivors speaking and sharing their experiences and journeys in healing. Survivors and allies physically form a circle around the rotunda inside the capitol and raise their voice to end the silence that surrounds sexual assault. Following is the “Billion Rising” dance that was created for survivors and taught earlier in the day at Survivors & Allies. The dance enables survivors to use movement as a form of self-expression and to promote healing. This powerful finale to this entire day of healing promotes and encourage survivors and allies to support the healing of all survivors throughout the state of Wisconsin.
Parking is available near the state capitol. I would recommend parking at Lot 88 just off the square (http://www.cityofmadison.com/parkingUtility/maps/Downtown.cfm)
Also join us for:
- 4/1 @ 9:30am-1:30pm: Survivors & Allies, part of the Day of Healing, features sessions on dance, poetry and mental health as well as individual sessions on reiki and massage.
Wrap Around the Capitol 2016
Wrap Around the Capitol follows the Survivors & Allies Task Force Gathering each year as part of the Day of Healing. This year's Wrap is part of the kick-off for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and will happen inside the Capitol rotunda
What is “Wrap Around the Capitol?” For the past 4 years, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault has organized this event as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event involves a rally outside the capitol, and survivors of sexual violence, allies, advocates, and other community members carrying strips of denim around the capitol until the two ends meet each other. This act symbolizes a statewide (and international, per below) effort to end sexual violence in solidarity with survivors and their allies.
Why denim? Because of an international outrage. In the 1990s, an 18 year-old woman was raped by a 45 year-old driving instructor in Italy. The perpetrator was arrested, prosecuted, convicted of rape, and sentenced to jail. However, the Supreme Court overturned the rape conviction. The judges believed that the victim must have consented to sexual contact since, in their opinion, her jeans were so tight the perpetrator could not have gotten them off without her assistance. Outraged, the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans to work. Thus was born Denim Day, which is observed in the U.S. on April 29.
For more information on Denim Day, see our Denim Day page.
Check out the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's (NSVRC) SAAM page to access printable promotional materials, images for social media and more. Information for the 2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in Wisconsin will be posted here.