The sexual assault prevention movement started with intervention – brave, trailblazing activists who named the crime, got laws on the books, and built shelters to provide support and services to victims, helping them on their journey toward being survivors.
Sexual assault is pandemic. The numbers – as many as 17.7 million women and 2.78 million men have been victims of sexual assault [see more information on sexual assault numbers] – are staggering. The foundation of WCASA’s work is providing resources to agencies which provide direct services to the faces behind those numbers.
- CCR – Community Coordinated Response teams
- Human Trafficking
- SATF – Survivors & Allies Task Force
- SANE – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
- SART – Sexual Assault Response Team
- SAVAS – Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy School
- 47 Sexual Assault Service Providers across Wisconsin; connect with one in your community…
- Madison/Dane Co - the Rape Crisis Center announces Drop In Support Groups for Fall 2011
- WI Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry Program
- Department of Justice (DOJ) Victim/Witness Rights resource page
Other State Resources
- Cambria County Sexual Assault Protocol. A comprehensive sexual assault protocol from Cambria County, Pennsylvania, that includes a well-designed procedure for anonymous reporting.
- Start By Believing - campaign by EVAW (Ending Violence Against Women) International
- VAWNet – Disaster and Emergency Preparedness and Response: Resources for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence and their Advocates – resource collection page
- Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center (PFML/CVC) www.parentsformeganslaw.org – provides national Helpline community support and assistance on issues related to Megan’s Law, sex offender management and sexual assault prevention. 1-(888) 275-7365.
- End Violence Against Women International FAQ's on Criminal Justice and Community Response to Sexual Assault: provides answers pertaining to topics such as interviewing techniques, reluctant victims, working with advocates and joint interviews
[see also: Considerations of Identity: Sexual Orientation]
Sexual assault happens to males as well – and recent headlines surrounding the athletics departments at Penn State and UW-Madison, have brought this issue to the forefront and heightened our awareness of the long-lasting impact of sexual trauma no matter who the victim may be.
WCASA Announces Support Group for Male Survivors of Sexual Assault
WCASA is sponsoring a support group for men who are survivors of sexual assault. The group, created and facilitated by members of the community who are survivors, is geared towards men who have identified as survivors previously and are on a path of healing. The intention is to meet weekly for a month and then revisit the schedule looking forward.
There will be an informal meeting for those interested on Tuesday, March 5th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Resource Library of Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 600 Williamson St, Ste. N-2, in Madison. Goals, process, and schedule/location will be discussed.
For information, or to RSVP, please contact Stephen Montagna, Violence Prevention and Communications Coordinator for WCASA, at (608) 257-1516 or email@example.com.
Men’s Domestic Violence Support Group
OutReach, Madison and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services are offering a group for any men dealing with effects of emotional, verbal, and physical abuse by a partner or ex-partner. The group will start Wednesday, June 6th at 6pm. Contact Information: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 608.255.8582 Outreach | 608.251.1237 DAIS
- 1 in 6 for Men – a national organization dedicated to providing support and resources for male survivors; also en español: http://1in6.org/bajo-desarrollo/
- Myths and Facts page
- Downloadable Outreach Materials (in English and Spanish); a highlight: the Peer Support Guidebook [available as PDF]
- Trainings for Professionals
- Male Survivor - Overcoming the Sexual Victimization of Boys & Men – a national organization providing resources for male survivors.
- Male Survivor Forums (online electronic bulletin board)
- National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) - Where We Stand report - Male Survivors
- Living Well (Australia) - a resource for men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse
Other Related Topics
Vanderbilt University Study
Carrie Carretta, a PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University is initiating a study examining the impact of sexual violence. This study is confidential, and is for female survivors of sexual assault between the ages of 18 and 64; for more information, visit the study site or download the flyer .
Eliminating the Rape Kit Backlog Report
The Office of Violence Against Women has released the report and summary from the roundtable conducted in May of this year looking into the DNA Backlog. The report is available as a downloadable PDF (, 4.3MB) from the OVW site.
Pentagon Report on Sexual Assault Trends at Military Academies
The Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) issued their “Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the U.S. Military Service Academies” [link to page with ]; the report revealed a 64% increase in sexual assault reports from the previous year, and found that over 90% of assaults go unreported. The report also indicated nearly 80% of sexual harassment incidents go unreported by both men and women because cadets feel it is "not important."
[for more information on sexual assault in the Military, see Class & Culture under Considerations of Identity...]