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WCASA is Wisconsin's only state-wide coalition dedicated to ending sexual violence.

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

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        Age & Ability

        Age & ability encompasses not only physical, cognitive, and other types of impairments, but also ageism: the biases that we face on both ends of the continuum of our lives. For example, children and teenagers face heightened threats as victims due to their inexperience and vulnerability. In later years, grown adults face similar threats of victimization as their ability to care for themselves deteriorates; perpetrators can take advantage of the vulnerability brought on by the deterioration of physical or mental abilities.



        Child & Adolescent Sexual Assault Prevalence Infographic


        Disability Organizations Give New Budget Failing Grade For People With Disabilities 

        from Disabilities Rights Wisconsin (DRW): 

        “Many of you are well aware of the impact of the Wisconsin Governor's budget (now law) on collective bargaining and public employee unions. There is another story as well.  Please see the Report Card issued by the Survival Coalition -- a statewide coalition of disability organizations, of which Disability Rights Wisconsin is a member. This report card succinctly illustrates what awaits some of our most vulnerable Wisconsinites…”

        The Legislative Report Card can be read online


        U.S. DOJ -- First Estimates of Crime Against People with Disabilities

        The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has issued the first estimates of crime against people with disabilities.

        Using 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey data, BJS estimates that
        about one third (34%) of the crimes against persons with or without a
        disability in 2007 were serious violent crimes (rape/sexual assault,
        robbery, or aggravated assault). Persons with disabilities were victims
        of about 47,000 rapes, 79,000 robberies, 114,000 aggravated assaults,
        and 476,000 simple assaults.

        You can read more, and download text and PDF versions of the report on the DOJ website.


        Deaf Unity has recently launched a Hotline Service


        Disability Rights Wisconsin Resources

        CREATING SAFETY by Asking What Makes People Vulnerable?

        Developed through the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin and authored by Mark Sweet, Trainer and Consultant at Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW), this guide is a ground-breaking culmination of open thought, keen observation and practical understanding of how many people with disabilities experience human interactions and relationships designed to provide them support.
        Click here to download Creating Safety.

        Victims/Survivors Who Use Service Animals: An Updated Background Paper and Sample Policy for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs September 2011
        This booklet was originally developed and now updated by the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin to assist domestic violence and sexual assault organizations, and other service organizations that have questions about addressing requests for service animals as a reasonable accommodation or modification for program participants with disabilities.
        Click here to download the Service Animal guide 





        Let's Talk About the "R word" -Youtube video

        Disability Rights Wisconsin

        Deaf Unity

        Training and Collaboration Toolkit - Serving Sexual Violence Victims with Disabilities - West Virginia Foundation for Rape & Information Services

        Disability Advocates Wisconsin Network (DAWN) – [email alert system]

        Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

        WI Developmental Disabilities Agency Links

        National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

        MINCAVA: Disabilities and Violence

        Accessing Safety Initiative

        Safe Place

        Common Myths and Misconceptions About Disability - handout

        Disability Etiquette – booklet from the United Spinal Association

        Safety Planning for Persons with Disabilities – Advocate Guide – a project of the Safety First Initiative

        Confronting the Sexual Abuse of Women with Disabilities – VAWNet booklet

        icon - multimedia content link Tisha Unarmed link to YouTube channel channel for a 25 year old woman who was born without arms and her right leg shorter than the left. Naturally, Tisha learned how to do everything with her feet including driving, painting, and dressing. An amazing look at the resilience of people with different abilities.

        icon - news article California senator seeks investigations of abuse of disabled people LA Times - Dec. 19, 2012


        Age & Aging Issues

        Older Adults:

        National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) – Sexual Violence in Later Life Information Packetfact sheet, technical assistance guide, resource list, and other documents

        National Institute on Aging

        National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life

        National Center on Elder Abuse

        Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups

        WI Bureau of Aging and Long Term Care

        Challenges Facing Aging Populations: Focus on Immigrant Elders (part of Wisconsin Women's Network briefs)

        The Truth Behind Elder Rape – Noelle Howey on The Daily Beast.com (related to sexual assault of a 73 y/o woman in New York’s Central Park, Sept. 2012) 

        National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

        Nursing Home Abuse Guide - This guide was created so families and loved ones could seek answers on elder abuse and neglect. From injury types to claims, nursing home abuse guide covers an extensive amount of elder abuse discourse.


        Youth / Teens:

        Penn State Harrisburg\Northeastern University – The Experience of Dating Violence Among Latino Adolescents

        Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) Toolkit on Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools to Improve Learning

        End Domestic Abuse WisconsinTeen Abuse and Dating Violence resources

        Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study: 1,430 7th-Grader Students Report Teen Dating Violence Behaviors and Risk Factors Occurring among Middle School Students [published Mar. 2012]

        Safe Start Center – funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. . The goal of the Safe Start Initiative is to broaden the knowledge of and promote community investment in evidence-based strategies for reducing the impact of children's exposure to violence. Lots of good resources

        The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain – Sarah-Jayne Blakemore gives a fascinating explanation of human brain development and makes a plea for de-stigmatizing adolescence and appreciating it for the opportunity for growth and learning it truly is…  

        Your Guide to Confidential Sexual Health Care in WI - Brought to you by the Wisconsin Adolescent Health Care Communication Program, this brochure was developed to help young people in Wisconsin understand their rights to confidential sexual health care in the state. More information here.

        Know your VI: Save Your VI is a campaign to raise awareness of students’ Title VI rights. The people behind Save Your VI are a group of primarily mothers of color in Northern California who have personal experience with discrimination in their children’s schools and with the Title VI grievance process.

        Sexual Harassment and Assault in Schools – NWLC | a webpage compiling fact sheets and legal resources regarding Title IX.

        #MeTooK12 – NWLC | #MeTooK12 is a campaign started by Stop Sexual Assault in Schools and NWLC. This webpage compiles legal-related resources on implementing Title IX in K-12 schools.

        Stop Sexual Assault in Schools | an organization whose mission is to “educate students, families, and schools about the right to an equal education free from sexual harassment.” Their website contains many resources to this end, including the #MeTooK12 campaign.


        Child Sexual Abuse

        National Child Traumatic Stress Network -This website has information sheets about child sexual abuse and other types of traumatic experiences, as well as resources and referrals to various other strategies and interventions.

        Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin

        Child Protective Services

        Stop it Now