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. Click on this infographic to learn more about The Need for Violence Prevention in Wisconsin.
WCASA Prevention Efforts:
Social Norms Toolkits
Sexual violence is a complex social problem, requiring an equally dynamic plan to affect change. One theory on how to prevent violence is to impact social norms that are believed to contribute to the problem. Social norms are the cultural attitudes, values, and beliefs that promote sexual violence.
After a review of existing research, we have identified four key norms that are relevant and timely for sexual assault prevention in Wisconsin: gender socialization; objectification and sexualization; normalization of violence and power; limited concepts of health & sexuality. Recognizing that systems of oppression reinforce these norms, we aim to address the ways privilege, power, and entitlement contribute to all of the norms.
These toolkits can be used to identify tools, resources and activities to address these norms in your community.
Download one-page Social Norms Toolkit summary.
- Gender Socialization (Download PDF)
- Objectification & Sexualization (Download PDF)
- Normalization of Violence (Download PDF)
- Unhealthy Sexuality (Download PDF)
Also see the Center's for Disease Control (CDC)'s social norm page.
The Rape Prevention & Education (RPE) Sub-Grant is a new opportunity being offered by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) through the RPE Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), via the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). Thank you to those who applied.
If you have questions, please contact Kelly Moe Litke, Director of Prevention and Programs.
A collaborative initiative between Health Care Education and Training, Inc. (HCET), the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA), and the WI Department of Health Services (DHS).
Prevention Education Webinar Series
WCASA's 2013 Prevention Education Webinar series is free and open to the public. These sessions provide an opportunity for prevention educators and others to connect and for coalition staff to promote prevention education and organizing. Webinars will be archived and made available after the presentation. To access, please see below or visit our Youtube Channel. For details on the last two webinars and information on registration, please download the flyer attached here.
- March 11th - Introduction to Evaluation.
- May 31st - Intersectionality with Oppression.
- August 7th - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE).
- Access the full Adverse Childhood Experiences Report in Wisconsin.
- You can also learn more by visiting the Wisconsin Child Trust Fund.
- September 25th - Integrating Primary Prevention & Classroom Tips for Different Age Groups.
- November 20th - Community and Societal Level Interventions in Prevention.
Forward Wisconsin: A Plan for the Prevention of Sexual Violence – state-wide initiative to increase prevention efforts over the next five years; Learn More...
- RPE – Rape Prevention Education Program (NSVRC Factsheet).
- December 2012: WCASA Announces the ELC (Evaluation Learning Collaborative) – a new opportunity for state-wide programs with experience implementing sexual violence prevention; for information and RFP application materials, see the ELC page...
- Rise to the Challenge campaign.
- join the conversation on the WCASA Prevention Listserve.
FWI: Forward Wisconsin Initiative – a shared vision for preventing interpersonal violence in partnership with:
- Child Abuse Prevention Fund of Children’s Hospital & Health System
- Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund
- Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Department of Health Services
- Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse
Epi Info 7
What is Epi Info?
Epi Info is a free program that can be downloaded from the CDC website
onto any Microsoft Windows product. Is it used internationally in the
public health field as both a database and a way to analyze data.
Doesn’t ALICE already collect data?
Yes! Epi Info is not meant to replace ALICE and it is not recommended for
any confidential data. We recommend it in addition to ALICE for any
surveys that are done anonymously. Although this is most likely to include
surveys done at trainings or prevention programs, it could also be used to
capture anonymous client satisfaction surveys.
What would be the advantage of using Epi Info for prevention surveys or client satisfaction surveys?
Many programs are collecting survey data but are not entering them into a
database. Although there are some great options in Excel, Access, or other
programs, Epi Info offers an option that is less “numerical.” The database is
created in an actual form that looks more like a Word document. This
option makes it easier to make changes to the database without altering the
entire layout. Also, the analysis function is done with drop down menus
and does not involve writing formulas, which is also a user‐friendly option.
In the long‐term, entering data into any program allows us to track changes
over time, meet grant requirements, and most importantly, see where we
can improve our programming.
Where can I go to learn more?
- If you’re curious about whether or not this could be a good fit for your program, please feel free to check out information at the link below. You can even download the program and try it yourself using program guides offered by the CDC: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/epiinfo/7/index.htm.
- WCASA has also produced a series of YouTube how-to videos to help you through the program:
- Let us know how we can help!
National Prevention Organizations
- PreventConnect.org a project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
- Podcast Series – Social Justice as a Foundation for Prevention: PreventConnect – in 3 parts (part 2 link has links to parts 1 & 3 as well).
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)’s Rape Prevention Education (RPE) Grant page a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR).
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Injury & Prevention Control – Sexual Violence prevention information page.
- Safe States Alliance
- Preventing Sexual Violence: Stories from the Field: A collection of 20 states’ RPE programs’ approaches to sexual violence prevention across the country.