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        WCASA Webinars 2016


        Prison Rape Elimination Act: Advocacy in Confinement

        The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 sets forth standards to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement. As in the community, advocacy in confinement is central to the healing process. Join us to learn about the dynamics of sexual abuse, the role of advocacy and the ways in which we can work together to support survivors in confinement.

        Involving Teens in Prevention Work: Educating, Engaging & Empowering Youth Leaders

        Part 4 of 4 of the Summer Prevention Webinar Series, this webinar was presented by Amy Olejniczak and Erica Koepsel, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health. The PATCH (Providers and Teens Communicating for Health) Program takes an unique and innovate approach to improving public health outcomes by highlighting the voices of Teen Educators. These high school students are specifically trained to deliver workshops for Health Care Providers. The workshops encourage better communication, explain confidentiality, and emphasize the need for judgement free healthcare, with the ultimate goal being better and better use of preventative care services. Teen Educators are also educated and empowered to become young advocates, often becoming a resource for their peers by providing information or support for those around them on topics related to sexual health, mental health, healthcare access, and social justice, among many others. This webinar discusses the success we've had in cultivating empowered youth through our exciting Teen Educator Model!

        Moving Pictures: Using Narrative Film and Television in Sexual Violence Prevention

        Part 3 of 4 of the Summer Prevention Webinar Series, this webinar was presented by Amanda Schumacher and Blythe Newburg of the Family Support Center. Can popular TV shows and movies catalyze community conversations about preventing sexual violence? This webinar will explore using media to mindfully enrich sexual violence prevention work.

        Review of Wisconsin's 2015-16 Legislative Session

        This webinar is a review of the 2015-16 legislative session of Wisconsin. The focus is on WCASA's public policy agenda and related issues.

        Working Around The Gate Keepers: Unorthodox Approaches to Community Engagement

        Part 2 of 4 of the Summer Prevention Series 2016, this webinar was presented by Marcellus Perry, Community Action Inc. of Rock and Walworth Counties. This workshop will focus on non-traditional strategies to engage target populations when the most direct route is closed to you.

        Adapting curriculum to be LGBTQ+ inclusive

        Part 1 of 4 of the Summer Prevention Series 2016, this webinar was presented by Katie Abbott and Mark Silva of Diverse & Resilient. Implementing curricula and programs has been a key focus in prevention work – but how do we do it inclusively for LGBTQ people? Diverse & Resilient program coordinators, Katie Abbott and Mark Silva, discuss how curricula can be adapted to increase LGBTQ inclusivity with respect to different organizational capacities.

        Federal Employment Discrimination Protections for Workers who Experience Sexual Assault or Stalking

        There is no federal law that expressly gives workplace rights to applicants and employees who find themselves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. However, Title VII of and the Americans with Disabilities Act do protect against employers' use of stereotypes rooted in protected classes such as sex or mental illness. Maria Flores, a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), explains how these laws may apply to employment situations involving these victims including hire/fire, sexual harassment, accommodations for disability (e.g., time off for treatment), medical confidentiality, and prohibited retaliation. Information will also be provided on how to file an employment discrimination charge with the EEOC.

        The New Victim Accompaniment Law
        In this webinar, WCASA staff discusses the final language of the bill and next steps in the law's implementation and answers participants' questions.

        Using Social Media Effectively
        On March 30, 2016, we invited Chad Sniffen, the Online Resource Coordinator for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) to present this webinar. Social media has transformed the way our society communicates about sexual violence, and given survivors amazing opportunities to share their stories. Using social media effectively is critical for rape crisis centers and other non-profits. This web conference provides tips and strategies for several social media platforms and highlight the NSVRC's Social Media Toolkit for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

        Serving Human Trafficking Survivors
        On January 27, 2016, WCASA invited Jan Miyasaki, Director and Terri O'Donnell, Trauma Therapist to present 'Serving Human Trafficking Survivors: Effective Systems and Individual-level Responses'


        WCASA Webinar Series 2015

        Normalization of Violence
        This webinar focuses on this year’s social norm for prevention, the normalization of violence and power. The webinar is hosted by local researcher Dr. Heather R Hlavka, an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University. Here she presents on her research related to the normalization of sexual violence and similar topics in feminist research. Read about some of her work here.

        Engaging Faith Community Leaders in Efforts to Address Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
        Sara Krall, End Abuse Coordinated Community Response (CCR) & Homicide Prevention Coordinator, and Ginger Francis, WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault SART/CCR Coordinator, will join Pastor Phil Haslanger for a discussion on ways to partner with local faith communities. Active involvement of faith leaders can enhance victim safety by maximizing the ways that faith is a helpful resource and minimizing the ways it can be a barrier to safety.

        Statewide Campus & SASP Networking
        Registrants from SASPs and campuses from around the state had an opportunity to share their work with college students and hear what others are doing. Learn what has and has not been successful on other campuses.

        Advocacy under the Campus SaVE Act: Addressing Gender Violence on Campus
        SurvJustice Founder Laura Dunn, Esq. briefly gives a background
        on her survivor story and national advocacy work on campus sexual
        violence before launching into a summary of the national movement for campus safety that has been increasing from 2010 to the present.

        The webinar provides a basic understanding of applicable laws and rights for survivors with a focus on the VAWA regulations going into full effect on July 1, 2015. In addition this understanding, Dunn provides best practices for supporting survivors through the campus process as well as when to identify the need for a survivor to obtain legal counsel. The webinar ends on activism and legislative changes on the horizon.

        Update on the work of the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Response Team (AG-SART) 2015
        This webinar provides participants with information on the recommendations of the AG-SART in three critical areas: 1.) A new protocol for when a sexual assault victim presents at a hospital for a medical for a SANE exam; 2.) Revised billing practices to ensure compliance with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); 3.) Processing untested rape kits that are located at law enforcement agencies or hospitals across the state. PLEASE NOTE: Part of the webinar recording was cut off, however the PowerPoint slides were substituted.

        In this webinar WCASA staff discuss current prevention initiatives, including 10 Core Concepts for Prevention and the 4 Social Norms framing our work. Staff presents resources which can be used in local prevention education.

        Male Survivors
        Presented with Eric Stiles of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). Male survivors of sexual violence are often overlooked by society. The obstacles faced by males are ones that we can overcome to provide trauma informed care to all survivors. This webinar explores ways in which we provide services and outreach to those who identify as being male.

        Other Acts Evidence: Recent Legislative Changes
        End Abuse and the WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault co-hosted this webinar by Assistant Attorneys General Audrey Skwierawski and Miriam Falk, discussing the anticipated impact of this important legislative change.

        Policy Advocacy for the 2015-2016 Legislative Session
        This is an introductory webinar on the policy advocacy the coalition will pursue during the 2015-2016 legislative session. We expect this webinar to be the first in a series aimed at expanding and honing advocates’ skills in working with lawmakers and the media to affect policy and social change.

        Strategies for Ending Rape Culture and Sexual Violence (with Jeff Bucholtz)
        For most of us in the sexual assault prevention and response fields, it seems clear that sexual assault is facilitated by a "rape culture." In this webinar, learn a variety of strategies for discussing rape culture that are easily accessible and can help us all in our prevention and advocacy efforts.


        WCASA Webinar Series 2014

        Services to Minors
        This webinar discusses the legal landscape regarding providing services to minors, as well as some of the practical considerations agencies should take into account when offering services to minors.

        Confidentiality Considerations & Federal Funding Requirements
        This webinar focuses on the confidentiality provisions contained in the VAWA 2013 re-authorization, and how these provisions may impact agency policies at SASPs.

        Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
        During this webinar Keeley Crowley, PREA Grant Coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections review some basic dynamics of sexual abuse in detention, working with an inmate victim, and resources available to support advocates.

        Housing Advocacy
        During this webinar, IowaCASA’s Terry Poore reviews housing protections and discusses how we can advocate for survivors in the subsidized housing arena.

        This webinar provides a summary of the 2013-14 legislative session –
        highlighting WCASA’s policy efforts and also providing a summary of the legislative changes related to sexual assault. Sara Finger from the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WIAWH) joins Ian Henderson, Director of Legal & Systems Services, to discuss Ask. Learn. Vote.

        Update on the Work of the State of WI Attorney General's Sexual Assault Response Team
        This webinar describes the work of the AG-SART as well provide participants with information about current recommendations regarding storing medical forensic examination kits.


        HCET/DHS/WCASA Training Series 2014


        Reproductive Justice
        Topics include: Reproductive life planning; Health outcomes and disparities; and Access to services

        Intersections of Reproductive Health & Sexual Violence
        Topics include: Violence in Women’s Lives - Global & Local; Who We Serve - What we know about violence and Wisconsin women; and How it really works - Local Experts from Wausau

        Assessment & Referral
        Topics include: Assessment & Referral Practices; Trauma-Informed Methods; and Screening Tools


        Prevention Education Webinar Series 2013

        Introduction to Evaluation: What is Evaluation? Why do we do it? How do we set it up? How do we make it happen? How do we own it?

        Intersectionality with Oppression: Oppression magnified by intersectionality - a presentation focused on prevention.

        Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE): An overview of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

        Integrating Primary Prevention & Classroom Tips for Different Age Groups: Learn tangible ways to integrate primary prevention into your organization, presentation, and tips for the classroom

        Community and Societal Level Interventions in Prevention: Our sister coalition across the lake, The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, will be presenting to us on Community and Societal level interventions we can implement to prevent sexual assault in our communities. This is an exciting opportunity for us to enhance our work to promote healthier communities and a safer state!


        Policy Webinar Series 2013

        In advance of the 2013 Legislative Advocacy Day (March 27, 2013), WCASA presented a series of three webinars on the state legislative process, hosted by former lobbyist, John Keckhaver.

        Session 1: “I’m Just a Bill: A primer on the legislative process and basic legislative advocacy.”

        • An overview of how bills become laws in Wisconsin. A guide to the many stages in the process, the importance of timing, and how local groups ban best influence the process.

        Session 2: “Committees, Amendments, Vetoes, etc.: How to track what’s happening with legislation.”

        • A review of how to easily track legislation and links to resources for more detailed information on legislative developments.

        Session 3: “Don’t be Baffled by the Budget: The biennial budget process.”

        • An overview of opportunities for advocacy during the two-year state budget cycle.

        Other Webinar Resources

        End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

        Three-part series about inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals, and how to develop non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies. The series is provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Domestic Abuse Program, and presented by Molly Herrmann, statewide training consultant and member of the End Domestic Abuse WI and WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault LGBTQ Committee. Services Act (FVPSA) federal requirements. Webinars 2 and 3 are: Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Environment and Services for LGBTQ People, and Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment of LGBTQ People. The series offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on organization practices and culture, and to build bridges between existing knowledge and skills and innovative, emerging practices, while also meeting the DCF training requirement. 

        This webinar focuses on increasing knowledge about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) identities in an effort to provide inclusive services to these communities and to prevent discrimination, harassment, and bullying.  After completing the recorded webinar, viewers will be able to understand a brief LGBTQ history, describe terms and concepts related to LGBTQ identities, and explain similarities and differences between IPV in LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ relationships.

        This webinar is about creating an inclusive environment for LGBTQ clients.  It explores which areas of service provision, physical and otherwise, can communicate inclusion to LGBTQ people.  After viewing the webinar, participants will be able to address beliefs that inhibit inclusion of LGBTQ people, provide solutions to common questions about LGBTQ services, and name concrete steps to improve services.

        This webinar is about policies to promote inclusion of both LGBTQ clients and employees.  After viewing the webinar, participants will be able to list the types of policies that support an environment free of harassment and bullying of LGBTQ people, describe ways to assist staff in understanding and following the policies, and list the elements of a plan to monitor claims, address them seriously, and document their corrective action(s). 


        The Neurobiology of Trauma: Understanding Victim Behavior

        For this webinar, Olga Trujillo combines her lived experience of violence with the science of trauma and violence on the brain to help participants explore how they may enhance their trauma-informed responses. This session examines the struggles criminal justice professionals face in handling domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse cases and explores efforts that can be undertaken to improve their ability to investigate these cases and assess credibility.


        Other Acts Evidence: Recent Legislative Changes 2-18-2015 Recorded Webinar (approximately 60 minutes)

        End Abuse and the WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault co-hosted this webinar by Assistant Attorneys General Audrey Skwierawski and Miriam Falk, discussing the anticipated impact of this important legislative change.

        In 2014 the WI legislature significantly expanded the ability of prosecutors to introduce evidence of prior acts by the defendant in domestic violence and sexual assault cases.  It is hoped that this new broader standard will help prosecutors provide juries with a more complete picture of the defendant’s history and behavior resulting in increased offender accountability.

        FORGE, Inc.

        FORGE was founded in 1994 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to provide peer support primarily to those on the female-to-male (FTM) gender spectrum and local Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies (SOFFAs).  Over the years, our scope has grown to include everyone in the transgender community (which we define as including SOFFAs), and many of our programs have become national.  You’ll find information about the training and technical assistance we provide, plus descriptions of our major current projects.


        Other Resources



        YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA Madison envisions a community where people of all racial, ethnic, socio-economic and gender groups are valued and included, and discrimination and injustice are eliminated. To this end, the YWCA Madison provides leadership in our community to create social change for all racial, ethnic, gender and economic groups. Through YWCA programming and collaborative initiatives, individuals, families and the community at large are empowered to greatly improve quality of life.


        National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project (RSP)

        The Resource Sharing Project (RSP) was created to help state sexual assault coalitions across the country access the resources they need in order to develop and thrive as they work to support survivors and end sexual assault. The project is designed to provide technical assistance, support, and the dissemination of peer-driven resources for all state and territorial sexual assault coalitions. The RSP recognizes the needs of all coalitions, especially those designated as new or emerging, regarding issues of organizational growth, professional development, and policy/protocol development. We believe in the importance of peer–to–peer technical assistance and the voices of survivors as guiding principles.


        National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

        The NSVRC’s Mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.


        Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI)

        The Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) is the first large-scale project to address the challenges dual/multi-service programs face in reaching sexual assault survivors by dedicating resources, support, and replicable tools tailored specifically to the needs of those programs. The SADI will develop a range of innovative outreach tools, service models, and agency structures to discover best practices and needed action in reaching more sexual assault survivors with comprehensive quality care.


        Women of Color Network (WOCN)

        The mission of the Women of Color Network (WOCN) is to provide and enhance leadership capacity and resources that promote the activities of women of color advocates and activists within the Sovereign Nations, the United States and U.S. Territories to eliminate violence against women and families.


        WOCN has broadened its mission beyond the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault in order to address a broad range of violence affecting communities of color such as human trafficking and police brutality, and to refocus its theoretical lens to more readily examine a global context of colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression that intersect with violence against women of color.


        White Privilege Conference

        What is the White Privilege Conference?

        • WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.
        • It is not a conference designed to attack, degrade or beat up on white folks.
        • It is not a conference designed to rally white supremacist groups.
        • WPC is a conference designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color. WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc. — the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege.
        • WPC attracts students, professionals, activists, parents, and community leaders/members from diverse perspectives. WPC welcomes folks with varying levels of experience addressing issues of diversity, cultural competency, and multiculturalism.
        • WPC is committed to a philosophy of “understanding, respecting and connecting.”

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        > November 5: Survivors & Allies Task Force Meeting

        > November 11: WCASA Annual Meeting, Madison

        > November 14-17: Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy School (SAVAS)Madison


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