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

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        Our Mission

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

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        WCASA Prevention EffortsSocial Norms & Risk Factors

        10 Core Concepts to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

        Rape Prevention & Education (RPE) Program

        Training & Technical AssistanceCollaborative Prevention Projects


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        As with any disease, conflict, or endeavor, it is not enough to meet the challenges head-on–we must be a step ahead of the issue; we must be upstream, investigating the root causes of the issue. WCASA’s mission to end sexual violence is indicative of the importance prevention is in our work. Learn more about The Need for Violence Prevention in Wisconsin (infographic).

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        WCASA Prevention Efforts

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        Forward Wisconsin: A Plan for the Prevention of Sexual Violence – Statewide initiative to increase the implementation of prevention strategies at state and local levels. The plan, developed with prevention experts from across the state, focuses in six areas:






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        Social Norms & Risk Factors

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        Sexual violence prevention is an evolving field, with limited evidence-based strategies proven to prevent risk factors for perpetration and victimization. This complex social problem will need an equally dynamic plan to affect change. One theory on how to prevent violence is to seek to impact social norms that are believed to contribute to the problem. 

        Social norms are the attitudes, values, and beliefs that exist in our culture that contribute to sexual violence. Beginning in 2014, WCASA staff reviewed research and contacted experts to identify risk factors that are relevant and timely for sexual assault prevention in Wisconsin. This led to the identification of social norms and risk factors. Recognizing that systems of oppression reinforce these norms, we aim to address the ways privilege, power, and entitlement contribute to all of the norms.


        Over the next four years, WCASA will address one social norm each year. Look for information in the newsletter, from specific posts on social media, within WCASA trainings, and in resources on WCASA listservs. Additionally, we have developed resources for each norm that includes information, research, resources and activities to support programs who want to discuss these norms in their schools, groups or communities.

        Download the one-page Social Norms Toolkit summary.

        Also see the Center's for Disease Control (CDC)'s social norm page.


        10 Core Concepts to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

        A collaboration between the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault and state-level agencies led to the development of 10 Core Concepts to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). These partners, brought together through the A2A Steering Committee (see below), identified these concepts through a review of best practices for CSA prevention, as well as research on to prevent victimization and perpetration across childhood and adolescence.

        Further development of this framework will include the identification of strategies to address each concept at multiple levels (Individual; Parent/Guardian; Schools; Systems/Community) and for a variety of age groups (Birth – 5; Elementary; Middle School; High School; College). For more information about these resources, please contact Kelly Moe Litke, Associate Director.


        10 Core Concepts for CSA Prevention


        Consent Is… Toolkit

        This toolkit was created through a collaborative effort with Wisconsin youth, sexual assault and domestic violence preventionists, and adolescent health experts. It contains resources for educating and talking about consent with children through young adult audiences, as well as materials for hosting a “Consent is…” campaign in your community.




        Rape Prevention & Education (RPE) Program

        Established in 1994 as a part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the RPE Program is implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and operates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and four U.S. Territories. For more information see Center for Disease Control (CDC) RPE background information and the Rape Prevention Education Program Factsheet (NSVRC)

        In Wisconsin, RPE funds are administered by the Department of Health Services (DHS), through the Injury/Violence Prevention Program. WCASA is a sub-grant of DHS and tasked with the implementation and evaluation of the RPE Program. For more information see the sexual violence prevention page at the Wisconsin DHS.

        Beginning in the fall of 2015, two local projects (Hope House and Wise Women Gathering Place) were chosen to develop, implement, and evaluate sexual violence prevention strategies in their communities. A third local project Rape Crisis Center was added in the fall of 2016. These projects will work for to change social norms that contribute to sexual violence.

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        Training & Technical Assistance

        WCASA staff provides training, technical assistance and support at national, state, and local levels on a variety of prevention topics. For more information, please contact Kelly Moe Litke, Associate Director, Jessi Corcoran, Prevention Coordinator or Megan Murray, Evaluation Coordinator.

        Join the Wisconsin prevention community connect with others doing similar work and share resources. Sign up for the WCASA Prevention Listserv.

        You can access a variety of prevention trainings that have been offered by WCASA via YouTube or access the webinar archive for these and other archived webinar topics:


        Collaborative Prevention Projects

        A complex social problem, sexual violence requires a collaborative approach to prevention. WCASA collaborates with partners from state and local levels on initiatives related to sexual violence prevention.


        Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE):


        The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment – including sexual abuse – and long-term health outcomes. The original study was conducted in the mid-90s in California; WCASA has been collaborating at the state level with a variety of partners to better understand the impact of ACEs in Wisconsin see more info about ACEs in Wisconsin.


        Forward Wisconsin Initiative (FWI):

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        In 2009, representatives from the Wisconsin Departments of Health Services, and Children and Families, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse, the Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund, the Child Abuse Prevention Fund of Children’s Hospital and Health System, and Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin joined in a collaboration.

        The Forward Wisconsin Initiative: Preventing Interpersonal Violence works to enhance efforts to change social norms and community tolerance for violence. Bound together by research and practice demonstrating the links between child maltreatment, sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse, the Forward Wisconsin Initiative strives to become a force to:

        • change social norms that perpetuate violence;
        • create systems, structures, laws, policies and standards to promote and facilitate respectful communities and society;
        • cultivate peaceful and supported individuals and communities.


        Awareness to Action (A2A) Steering Committee:

        A2A is an initiative focused on prevention child sexual abuse by helping adults and communities take action. As a member of the A2A Steering Committee, WCASA works with Children’s Hospital (and others) on education and policy. This initiative is a program of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. See more information.

        Teen Summit:

        Held every other year, the Teen Summit brings together hundreds of teens and adult allies from across the state to address the issues of teen sexual and dating violence. This event is hosted in collaboration with End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, as well as support from other state and local partners.