Author: ianh@wcasa.org

Action Alert: Tell Your Representative to Oppose AB 413!

December 7, 2021 — Tomorrow, the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities will take a vote on AB 413. This harmful legislation would prohibit race or sex stereotyping in any anti-racism and anti-sexism instruction/training at UW System and Technical College System institutions. However, the language in this bill is so broad that it will inherently… Read more »

WCASA Applauds Signing of Sexual Assault Kit Reform Bills

December 6, 2021 – WCASA applauds Governor Evers for signing SB 71 and SB 94, legislation that improves how Sexual Assault Kits (SAKs) are handled and that establishes a SAK tracking system, respectively. Collectively, these bills will help ensure Wisconsin does not experience another backlog of unsubmitted SAKs in the future. We would also like… Read more »

WCASA Statement on Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

We are extremely disappointed, although sadly not surprised, by the jury’s verdict acquitting Kyle Rittenhouse. The jury’s verdict exemplifies the racism which is embedded within the criminal legal system in this country. In the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, Kyle Rittenhouse came to Kenosha with an AR-15 gun – and was allowed… Read more »

WCASA and Joyful Heart Foundation Applaud Passage of Sexual Assault Kit Reform Bills

For Immediate Release: November 11, 2021 Contact: Olivia Hall, o.hall@joyfulheartfoundation.org or Ian Henderson, ianh@wcasa.org  NEW YORK — Today, the Joyful Heart Foundation and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault applaud Wisconsin representatives in their passage of SB71 and SB94—two bills that together would vastly increase transparency around sexual assault kit handling and storage. SB71 and… Read more »

ACTION ALERT: October 20th Senate VAWA day of action! 

More than six months ago, the House passed H.R.1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021, with strong bipartisan support. The Senate is currently negotiating their own bipartisan reauthorization bill.  We appreciate Senators Feinstein’s, Ernst’s, and Durbin’s leadership in developing a strong bipartisan bill that meets the needs of survivors and that does not… Read more »

WCASA and End Abuse Commend Governor Evers for Prioritizing Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse Services

Today, Governor Tony Evers announced that he would be allocating $45 million for crime victim services and violence prevention efforts, administered by the Department of Justice and the  Department of Administration, respectively. This timing is critical, arriving as the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding decreases. VOCA grant recipients face a 30% cut over the next two years, which would be devastating for programs and the critical services they… Read more »

WCASA Statement on the Assembly Passing AB 411 and AB 414

September 29, 2021 – WCASA condemns the Assembly’s passage of AB 411 and AB 414, two harmful bills that will prohibit race or sex stereotyping in any anti-racism and anti-sexism instruction/training in K-12 schools and for state/local government employees. However, the language in this legislation is so broad that it will inherently create a chilling… Read more »