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        Upcoming Webinars

        ** We are currently planning the 2019 webinar scheduled. Please check back later. **


        November 8, 2018 @ 10:00am:

        CCR Equity Webinar Series, Part 1: Working Collaboratively to Address Abuse in Later Life

        In collaboration with the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, End Abuse welcomes Juanita Davis and Lisa Furr from the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) as they lead participants through a discussion on practical strategies and tips for working collaboratively to enhance supports and services to older survivors. Particular emphasis will be on the role of a coordinated community response to these cases. This discussion will explore these issues through the lens of equity and through the lived experiences of older survivors from marginalized communities. 


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        WCASA Webinars 2018

        3-Part Webinar Series with Olga Trujillo

        Presented by Olga Trujillo, Director of Education & Social Change at Latinos United for Peace and Equity (LUPE), a National Initiatives of Caminar Latino.

        Developing Culturally Responsive, Trauma Informed Services and Responses (Part 1) (Part 2)

        This webinar, divided in to two parts, will explore the ways in which service providers can adapt services to ensure they are both culturally responsive and trauma-informed. We’ll explore the role culture can play in an individual’s trauma and healing; How language, food, customs, status, spiritual beliefs and other cultural realities can play in an individual’s experience of violence and trauma. Participants will examine steps to take to engage culturally diverse communities in their trauma informed responses and services and to develop a more culturally responsive and trauma informed program.

        Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder: What it means for your Work

        Olga Trujillo was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) at the age of 31 in response to crimes she experienced in adolescence. Over the past 26 years she has undergone an intense journey to understand what Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is, how she developed it, the impact on her life, and she began to address the challenges she faced in healing. In 2011 Olga’s memoir, The Sum of My Parts: A Survivor’s Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder was released by New Harbinger Publications. In this workshop, she will bring her experience of DID to help participants expand their knowledge from an inside out perspective. Participants will explore how DID develops, what the signs are, how it can impact a survivor’s ability to report a crime and participate in the criminal and civil legal proceedings, and how service providers can help to lessen that impact for victims with DID.

        Updates to NSVRC’s SART Toolkit

        Presented by Christina Presenti, SART Project Coordinator, National Sexual Violence Resource Center

        Join us for a webinar on the newly updated SART Toolkit! NSVRC first released this toolkit in 2011 and is releasing a new revised edition in August 2018. The SART Toolkit is designed to support SARTs in all aspects of their work, containing practical tips, resources, and best practices to take your collaboration to the next level! In this webinar, we will explore the new toolkit, and talk about how you can best put it to use in your community to support survivors, increase community safety, and hold offenders accountable.

        (Please note: this recording is abridged)

        Zooming In: Poetry as an Entry Point into Violence Prevention Work (Summer Prevention Series 2 of 4)

        Presented by Kyle "Guante" Tran Myrhe

        Poetry is often about taking big, abstract concepts and "translating" them into concrete images and stories. This process, as useful as it is for poets and other artists, is also deeply connected to activism and advocacy. Where more and more young people understand and can "talk the talk" with regards to rape culture and gender violence, that talk isn't always connected to organizing efforts or advocacy work. This discussion will focus on what it might mean to "translate" that understanding into action. How do we (especially those of us just starting out in this work) take big, overwhelming issues and problems and break them down into approachable, actionable pieces? How might those of us who have been doing this work make that process more approachable for youth and others just entering into the conversation? What might an arts-informed gender violence prevention practice look like? Spoken word (as practice and culture) offers a few potential entry points into this conversation.

        The Sexual Assault to Prison Pipeline: Realities & Recommendations (Summer Prevention Series 1 of 4)

        Presented by Dane County Rape Crisis Center’s Youth Advisory Board GameChangers

        The Rape Crisis Center’s GameChangers Youth Advisory Board – a group of Dane County high school students dedicated to engaging in activism and fighting rape culture – will explain the of dynamics of the toxic system which forces adolescent survivors of sexual violence into the U.S. penal system. Beyond describing the logistics of this oppressive cycle, the students will also provide recommendations which educators and administrators can use to help interrupt the further traumatization and institutional enslavement of young people.

        WiSAKI and the SART Response

        A sexual assault can be one of the most traumatic experiences in a survivor’s life, often having a long-term impact. Re-engaging with survivors provides an opportunity to offer a genuine apology and to attempt to regain their trust in the criminal justice system.

        This webinar discusses resources available for local Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) to respond to SAKI cases, including: victim notification protocols, kit testing data and results and online training opportunities. It also reviews next steps for WiSAKI, including potential legislative reform.

        Presented by Keeley Crowley, SAKI Project Coordinator, DOJ and Ian Henderson, Director of Legal & Systems Services, WCASA

        Addressing Implicit Bias to Better Serve Incarcerated People (part 3 of the 2018 PREA Webinar Series: An Intersectional Approach)

        Presented by Madison Police Department’s Judgement Under the Radar, featuring Officers Marcus Robbins, Tyrone Cratic Williams and Natalie Deibel, and Vicki Biehn and Annabell Bustillos from Sexual Assault Services of Lutheran Social Services in Racine County

        Part 3 of 3 of the 2018 PREA Webinar Series...What is implicit bias, and why is it of particular importance when serving incarcerated people? Judgement Under the Radar begins with this discussion, including an explanation of the criminal justice system, traumas that may be experienced as a part of that system, and strategies to reduce bias when serving incarcerated victims. Sexual Assault Services of LSS then presents in detail about their work with incarcerated individuals, including initial anxieties, joys of this work, and lessons learned. 

        Hearing Privilege & Violence

        Presented by Jenny Buechner, Executive Director, Deaf Unity

        We talk about white privilege, and other types of privileges, but do we ever think about different types of privileges that are not so “common” but exist? Hearing privilege is one of them. Deaf and hard of hearing people are constantly oppressed by the world we live in, because of their inability to hear and the privileges of those who can. There are individual and systemic barriers that Deaf and hard of hearing individuals encounter on a daily basis, and this can be even more difficult for those who experience violence, or are victims of crime. One out of two Deaf women will experience abuse in their lifetime, which is higher than the national average. Join us to get a glimpse of what the world is like from Deaf eyes.

        Prison Rape Elimination Act: Advocacy in Confinement Part 2

        Presented by Ian Henderson, Director of Legal & Systems Services; Alma Mann, Programs Coordinator; and Leigha Weber, PREA Director at DOC. In November 2017, WCASA and the Department of Corrections (DOC)

        In November 2017, WCASA and the Department of Corrections (DOC) provided a series of regional training opportunities which featured both the recently revised PREA Advocacy Manual and a screening of the new inmate rights video which was developed by WCASA and DOC. Attendees of the trainings also received a copy of the new manual, which included a DVD of the inmate rights video (a copy of the PREA Advocacy Manual has since been mailed to all SASPs that were not able to attend the regional trainings).

        To ensure that this training will be available to all advocates, WCASA and DOC decided to turn the regional training into a webinar. For advocates who attended the November trainings, this webinar will be duplicative. However, advocates who were not able to attend (or for those who would like to review the content covered in the trainings) this webinar allows advocates to access the training at their convenience. Additionally, SASPs could use the webinar as an opportunity to view the webinar as a staff training opportunity. The regional trainings included an interactive activity at the end of the training – to preserve this activity in webinar format we are also providing brief instructions and materials to facilitate this activity with staff.

        Webinar paricipants will:

        Learn best practices for serving incarcerated survivors

        View the inmate rights video

        Discuss challenging scenarios advocates may encounter while providing services to incarcerated survivors

        Note: This webinar is not intended to serve as a PREA “101” training. For advocates who wish to learn PREA basics, we recommend that you view the Advocacy in Confinement webinar available here prior to viewing this webinar.

        Harnessing the Momentum of the #MeToo Movement for SAAM

        Presented by: Cara Courchesne, Communications Director, Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA) & local Wisconsin programs

        In preparation for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we discuss harnessing the power of the #MeToo movement to raise awareness and encourage action! Local programs across the state share their events, and Cara Courchesne of MECASA discusses the success of their #CanDo social media campaign.


        WCASA Webinars 2017

        Legal Protections for Immigrant & Refugee Survivors

        This webinar is presented by Robin Dalton – Senior Immigration Attorney; Gricel Santiago-Rivera – Director and Amber Raffeet August – Immigration and Family Law Attorney, all of the RISE Law Center.

        Navigating the web of systems can be difficult for any survivor - but for immigrant and refugee survivors of sexual and domestic violence there are often additional barriers. Be it language access or conflicts with cultural expectations, a holistic approach which takes into consideration ones background and coordination amongst systems facilitates better access to legal protections for these survivors.

        This webinar addresses protections for immigrant survivors in family and immigration court and in front of department of homeland security. This includes language access in the courtroom, orders and restrictions on traveling and passports, guardianships and powers of attorney for children with underdocumented parents, VAWA Self Petition, U Nonimmigrant Status and more. It addresses what you can screen for to see if a survivor you are serving has legal protections and best practices when working with legal service agencies. Also how these legal protections can help empower survivors facilitating greater access to services and support.

        Historically Marginalized Communities

        This webinar focuses the conversation on historically marginalized communities, and shares the challenges they have experienced during their journey. Presenters discuss the anti-oppression framework that serves as a foundation for the WCASA and continues a controversial conversation on what ending sexual violence fueled by multiple, systemic oppressions can look like. Presented by Alma Mann, Programs Coordinator, and Nestic Morris, Outreach Coordinator of WCASA.

        Sexual Violence and Mental Health

        Pennie Meyers, Executive Director of WCASA, Jaime Sathasivam, MSW, Director of Client Programming and Nora Burnham, UW Campus Counselor/ Advocate, both of the Dane County Rape Crisis Center discuss an advocate's role in supporting sexual assault survivors that are experiencing trauma, in addition to giving examples from a program standpoint.

        Medical Advocacy Series 2017

        Wisconsin Department of Justice SANE Program

        Presented by Lori Thompson, SANE Coordinator, WI Department of Justice. This webinar is an opportunity to hear about the Wisconsin Department of Justice Medical/Forensic Program and provides an update on SANE training and development in Wisconsin.

        DNA Essentials for Advocates and Survivors

        Presented by Dan Campbell, Forensic Scientist Supervisor - DNA, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, Madison, WI; and Eva M. L. King, MS, CPM, Forensic Scientist Supervisor - DNA, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, Milwaukee, WI. This webinar presents forensic DNA crime lab application of the sexual assault kit with the purpose of also educating the advocate and survivor on the scientific basics of forensic DNA.

        Compassionate Care for Rape Victims (CCRV)

        The webinar discusses the importance of providing survivors with medically accurate information about emergency contraception to help prevent pregnancy as a result of the assault. It discusses the CCRV law, including the role of the advocate in ensuring survivors medical needs are being met.

        Summer Prevention Webinar Series 2017

        Teaching Good Sex: A Method for Violence Prevention

        Meg Foster, Prevention Program Coordinator of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force joins us for this webinar. Promoting sexual health is a key factor in preventing sexual violence. We jump-start our prevention efforts when we move beyond talking about what is wrong and come together to create a shared vision of healthy pro-social communities. In this webinar, we will look at how we can create and enhance a community of healthy sexuality individually, in relationships, in our community, and in our society at large. Participants will be able to define healthy sexuality and learn ways they can incorporate this principle into their work to begin and continue changing cultures of violence.

        Pornography: Normalizing the Relationship Between Violence and Sex

        Pornography, much like sexual violence, is pervasive and is especially significant within the context of rape culture; a cultural framework that condones, minimizes, trivializes, and eroticizes sex and gender-based violence. This presentation is a candid discussion about what mainstream pornography teaches us about sex, violence, and sexual violence and what we can do to mitigate the impact.

        Integrating an Anti-Oppression Approach in SV Prevention

        This webinar discusses the importance of an anti-oppression lens in the sexual violence field, and showcases how local providers (Wise Women Gathering Place of Brown County and Priceless Incite of Milwaukee County) integrate an anti-oppression approach in their prevention work.

        Gender Socialization & Sexual Violence

        This webinar discusses how gender socialization impacts sexual violence, and showcases how some local SASPs (Dane County Rape Crisis Center and Personal Development Center of Clark and Wood County) integrate education about gender socialization into their sexual violence prevention work.


        Grant Writing 101 (in conjunction with End Domestic Abuse WI)

        Presented by Pennie Meyers, Executive Director of WCASA, and Patti Seger, Executive Director of End Abuse. Are you new to writing grants, or would you like to brush up on your skills? This webinar provides information on grant writing, including tips for beginners and plenty of opportunities to ask your questions.

        Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and People with Disabilities

        Pam Malin and Nadya Rosen of Disability Rights Wisconsin join End Abuse and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault for this webinar. This presentation explains the unique ways in which people with disabilities are a vulnerable population, particularly susceptible to domestic abuse and sexual assault. It discusses the dynamics of violence against people with disabilities, and explores ways to decrease sexual and domestic violence against people with disabilities. This webinar is designed for a multi-disciplinary audience. Advocates and members of coordinated community response and sexual assault response teams are encouraged to view and listen. Handouts and a transcript are also available for download.

        Update on Wisconsin’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

        Presented by Keeley Crowley, SAKI SART Liaison, Office of Crime
        Victim Services, Wisconsin Department of Justice and Ian Henderson, WCASA. In 2015, the WI Department of Justice was awarded $4
        million dollars, from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance and the District Attorney's Office of New York, to address the 6,000 un-submitted sexual assault kits in the state. Since that time, a massive statewide inventory of the un-submitted kits has been completed and kit testing has begun. This webinar provides a comprehensive update on WI’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) activities, including victim reporting options, survivor outreach efforts, and why your SART is an important part of the SAKI process

        Masks of Masculinity: Understanding the Links between Vulnerability and Violence among Young Men

        Presented by DeShanda Williams & Kyna Campbell, Pathfinders and Dr. Heather Hlavka, Marquette University, this presentation addresses research and practice related to boys' experiences of neglect and abuse and how a trauma-informed approach helps us to understand the links between masculinity, vulnerability, and violence. The presenters will reflect on how youth of color and LGBTQ+ young men are an especially vulnerable, understudied, and under-served population.

        Working with Male Survivors

        Presented by: Ginna Isunza - UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence; michael munson - FORGE; Braden Bayne-Allison - Tri-County Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence and Callen Harty - survivor/author.

        Male survivors face unique barriers when accessing sexual assault services.  Based on a recent survey conducted by WCASA, programs identified this topic as a top priority.  Hear experts from across the state who are providing services to males.  

        Note: We have additional webinars on this topic archived on YouTube: Reaching & Serving Male SurvivorsProviding Services for Male Survivors


        WCASA Webinars 2016

        Rollout of the Updated CCR Toolkit 2016

        Presented by Sara Krall, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin & Darlene Masters, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. This webinar rolls out the new, updated Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Toolkit for Wisconsin.

        Case File Review: A Collaborative Approach

        Presented by Jessica Van Iperen of the Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI) at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA). Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) want to make impactful institutional and system changes. A way to make lasting institutional changes can be through case file review. A process of reviewing case files is an enlightening evaluation tool used to identify areas of opportunity for SARTs to do effective work. This webinar explores the three different approaches the Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI) at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) explored with three different pilot sites. Participants are given concrete tools for conducting case file reviews and key considerations for SARTs to explore before embarking on this endeavor.

        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.

        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.


        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.”