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WCASA is Wisconsin's only state-wide coalition dedicated to ending sexual violence.

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

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        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.


        ¿Qué es “ Rodeando el Capitolio?”

        Rodeando el Capitolio es parte del final del Dia de Sanación de WCASA en Madison. Sobrevivientes y Aliados de todo el estado son invitados a unir sus voces para promover la contínua recuperación de todo sobreviviente. Este evento incluye conferencistas que comparten sus experiencias como sobrevivientes y sus jornada hacia la recuperación.

        Sobrevientes y Aliados físicamente forman un círculo alrededor de la rotunda dentro del capitolio y levantan sus voces para romper el silencio que encierra el asalto sexual. Enseguida es el baile “Un Billón en Levante” el cuál fué creado por sobrevivientes y se aprende en uno de los talleres que se presentan durante el día. El baile aníma a sobrevivientes a usar movimientos como una forma de auto-expresión y promueve la recuperación. Este final tan poderoso que culmina el día de sanación promueve y dá esperanza a todo sobreviviente y aliado para apoyar a quienes han sobrevivido el abuso sexual en el estado de Wisconsin.



        Parking is available near the state capitol. We recommend parking at the State Street Capitol Garage at 214 N. Carroll Street, across from Madison College and just off the square. See downtown parking map.


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        • 4/7 @ 9:30am-1:30pm: Survivors & Allies, part of WCASA's Day of Healing, features sessions on dance, storytelling and self-care 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 


        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 2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in Wisconsin will be posted here.

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        2018 Calendar

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        Statewide & National Events


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        Sept. 25 & 26, 2018:
        Northern Training, Bayfield

        > Oct. 2 (10-11:30a):

        Developing Culturally Responsive, Trauma Informed Services and Responses,
        Part 2

        > Oct. 9 (10- 11:30am):
        Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder: What it means for your Work (webinar)

        > Oct. 24, 2018: 
        Wisconsin Campus Sexual Violence Consortium Meeting, UW-Oshkosh

        > November 9, 2018: Annual Meeting, Madison

        > December 4-6, 2018:
        Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy School (SAVAS), Madison


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        > May 2-3, 2019: Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference, Milwaukee



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