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


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        Best Practices 

        Social Norms | Bystander Intervention | Healthy Sexuality | Child Sexual Abuse

        Harassment & Bullying | Culturally Specific Programs | Men's Work | Campus

        For Parents | Policy | Healthy Relationships | Additional Resources/Registries

         

        Best practices are curricula, programs, and other prevention approaches that have evidence supporting their effectiveness or have shown promise in preventing sexual violence. Below you will find resources for many best practice topics. It is noted when resources are available en Español.

        (R) = Available in the WCASA Resource Library. Just click in order to check out the resource.

         

        Social Norms

        Social Norms Toolkits (WCASA, 2016) | Kits that describe and provide research and resources for each of the four social norms that WCASA has selected for focus. Over the next four years, WCASA will address one social norm each year. Look for information on 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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC)'s social norm page.

           

        Bystander Intervention

        • Green Dot Program – University of Kentucky | nationally recognized program that uses a map of green dots to grow social momentum behind bystander intervention. Fee required for access to materials.
        • Step UP! Program – University of Arizona | program focused on college campuses with an emphasis on college athletes. Materials accessible for free.
        • Bringing in the Bystander – Prevention Innovations Research Center (at UNH) | identified as a promising practice at reducing sexual violence perpetration on campus. Designed to be presented as a 90-minute program or more comprehensively in a program totaling 4.5 hours.

          

        Healthy Sexuality

        • FLASH – Washington State Public Health | sexual health curriculum for grades 4-12, plus special education lessons
        • It's All One (R) – Population Council | curriculum aimed mainly at confronting HIV/AIDS but takes a well-rounded approach, viewing HIV prevention as a human rights education issue. Available en Español.
        • Our Whole Lives (R) – Unitarian Universalist Association | a curriculum for grades K-1 and 4-12, as well as young adult and adult lessons. Designed to cover sexuality over the lifespan.
        • SIECUS Educator Resources – Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US | guidelines for comprehensive sexuality education, curriculum library, and lesson plans on 39 topics

           

        Child Sexual Abuse

        • 10 Core Concepts for CSA Prevention – WCASA | In collaboration with partners, WCASA developed these concepts to provide a comprehensive framework for child sexual abuse prevention.
        • Second Step – Committee For Children | curriculum for early learning through grade 8 regarding the skills for social and academic success. A promising practice for prevention.
        • Darkness to Light (R) | organization empowering people to prevent child sexual abuse by providing a framework for CSA prevention, trainings, tools for practitioners, media campaigns and more. Their training called "Stewards of Children" is for parents, responsible adults, and youth-serving organizations.
        • Stop It Now! | organization founded by Fran Henry, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who learned first-hand that standard approaches to keeping children safe from child sexual abuse at that time did not respond to the complex relationships surrounding most abuse.
        • Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Information Packet – NSVRC | contains resources to support the prevention of child sexual abuse and draws from research on child sexual abuse prevention programming, child sexual abuse risk and protective factors, and the public health model of prevention

           

        Harassment & Bullying

        • Shifting Boundaries – evidence-based structural intervention and lessons on relationships for middle school students. Identified as an effective practice to prevent sexual violence perpetration.
        • Let's Get Real – GroundSpark | Film and accompanying curriculum that addresses name-calling and bullying, including sexual harassment. Recommended for grades 5-9. (Film and curriculum sold as package; curriculum excerpts available.
        • Creative Action for Equality – Texas Council on Family Violence | a toolkit of "creative action plans" to promote gender equality, healthy relationships, and nonviolence.
        • No Name-Calling Week – GLSEN | school-wide activities and lessons for elementary, middle, and high school focused on bullying, racism, discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression, media literacy, self-esteem, and peer pressure.
        • Hollaback | a forum for public discussion about street harassment. The website focuses on individual stories while hoping to spark a movement to end sexual harassment.

           

        Culturally Specific Programs

          

        Men’s Work

           

        Campus

        Please see the Campus page for more information.

         

        For Parents

        • Parents for Prevention – Iowa CASA | comprehensive website of prevention resources for parents of children of any age
        • Talking to Kids About Sexual Violence – Heart Women & Girls | brief resource for parents about SV and children, including how to talk to their kids about this subject at various ages

         

        Policy

        • Considerations for School District Sexual Misconduct Policies – White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault | highlights a number of issues that could be particularly helpful for districts to consider when drafting sexual misconduct policies as part of their overall response to sexual misconduct.

         

        Healthy Relationships

        • Healthy Relationships Plus & The Fourth R – The Centre for School Mental Health | healthy relationships curriculum for youth between the ages of 12 and 18. Healthy Relationships Plus is intended for implementation outside a school setting; The Fourth R is a school-based program.
        • Safe Dates – Respect WORKS! | teen dating violence curriculum for grades 6–12. Identified as an effective program in research to reduce sexual violence perpetration.
        • Expect Respect – SafePlace | school-based program for teen dating violence prevention with middle and high school students.
        • Safe-T – Prevent Child Abuse Vermont | 2-year curriculum for 7th and 8th grade on sexual abuse and relationship violence.
        • Stand4Respect – Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence | a project to help adults and teens communicate and promote respectful relationships.
        • Center for Healthy Teen Relationships – Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence | promote healthy relationship skills as a way to prevent adolescent relationship abuse and sexual assault.

         

        Additional Resources & Registries

        • Sexual Violence Prevention Curricula Guide – Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs | list of sexual violence prevention curricula by topic, title, description, target audience, availability, and empirical support. Includes many resources listed on this page.
        • CrimeSolutions.gov | registry of programs and practices to determine what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. Researched programs are rated as effective, promising, or with no effects.
        • Stop Sexual Assault in Schools | Website providing resources to students, K-12 schools, and organizations to ensure equal education is not compromised by sexual harassment, assault, or gender discrimination

         

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          2018 Calendar

          Regional Technical Assistance

          Webinars

          Statewide & National Events

             

          Registration Open

            

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

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

          Developing Culturally Responsive, Trauma Informed Services and Responses,
          Part 2
           (webinar)

          > 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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