Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
SAAM is a time to publicly support survivors, recognize the impact of sexual assault in our community, and show our dedication to ending this form of violence. The Rape Crisis Center works with individuals, organizations, and businesses in Dane County to coordinate awareness-raising events and campaigns throughout April. For a full calendar of events: visit www.DaneCountyRCC.org. 608-251-5126
Where to Go From Here: An Examination on Identity, Politics, and Gender-Based Violence
This panel is about deconstructing the intersection between modern communication and the inequity in American society. How do our new forms of communication help or hurt the equity gap between men and women? What new problems do we face as activists and allies, and what new tools are available to us? Sponsored by WUD Society & Politics, the Multicultural Student Center, the Communication Arts Student Association, Association for Women in Communications and the Campus Women's Center. https://www.facebook.com/events/1557850854485478
6-8 pm, 4/14. Union South-Agriculture Room, 1308 W Dayton St, Madison, Wisconsin 53715
“The Mask You Live In” screening
Is American masculinity harming our boys, men, and society at large? From the makers of "Miss Representation" comes a film on the exploration of male masculinity that aims to challenge the harmful current social norms about masculinity. Sponsored by PAVE UW. Part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
7-9 pm, 4/14, Union South-Marquee Theatre, 1308 W Dayton St, Madison, Wisconsin 53715
Black Lives Matter Series: Beth Richie
Talk by Beth Richie, Director of Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy. Sponsored by Young Gifted and Black, Comparative US Studies, and Haven's Center. http://www.forwardlookout.com/2015/01/black-lives-matter-speaker-series/22532
7-8:30 pm, 4/16, UW Elvehjem-Room L160, 800 University Avenue
Sex Out Loud Annual Sexual Health Fest
The fest will provide safer sex information and products. Information will be available on sexual violence, healthy relationships, sexually transmitted infections, effects of drug and alcohol use on decision-making and sexual pleasure. Sponsored by Sex Out Loud.
10:30am-2:30pm, 4/17, East Campus Mall
Speaker: Zerlina Maxwell - Political Activist and Journalist
Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst and contributing writer for The New York Daily News, Feministing.com, theGrio.com, BET.com, and EBONY.com. She writes about national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming and gender inequality. Part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
6:30 pm, 4/21, Memorial Union - Tripp Commons (2nd Floor), 800 Langdon St
Empowerment Through Movement and Song
Join us for an experiential workshop based on the theme song, "Break the Chain" of the One Billion Rising world-wide movement to rise and end abuses of all kinds. Learn the flash mob dance created specifically for One Billion Rising and explore your own personal connection to its powerful themes through dance/movement therapy approaches.
4-6 pm, Friday, April 24
Location: Hancock Center (16 N. Hancock St, Madison, WI)
Contact Phone: firstname.lastname@example.org, 251-0908
Bilingual fundraising event. All proceeds will benefit UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence (90%) and V-Day Organization’s Spotlight Campaign (10%).
5 pm (Spanish language) and 7 pm (English language), Saturday, April 25
Location: Centro Hispano of Dane County (810 West Badger Road, Madison, WI)
Cost: $10 pre-sale, or $12 at the door
Contact 608-256-9195 Ext. 103
Know Your Rights: Reporting Options
Learn about state and federal rights for victims of sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in campus reporting options. Panel presentation with Q+A to follow. Panelists will include a Clery Compliance Director from University of Wisconsin - Madison Police Department, staff from the Dean of Students Office, and a confidential Victim Advocate from University Health Services at UW-Madison.
5:30-7 pm, Wednesday, April 22
Location: 3250 Appellate Courtroom, Law Building, UW-Madison
Voices of Courage Awards
On Saturday, April 25th, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) will present its 2015 Voices of Courage Awards at a luncheon (12:00pm) at the Madison Concourse Hotel; registration is now closed. “The Voices of Courage Awards shine a bright light on the extraordinary leadership of Wisconsin individuals and organizations in their commitment to ending sexual violence and supporting survivors,” stated Pennie Meyers, executive director of WCASA.
“WCASA is honored, and excited, to highlight the work of so many amazing people across Wisconsin who are the real leaders in the movement to help victims become survivors, and to end this terrible crime,” stated Meyers.
Sexual violence is pervasive in Wisconsin as well as across the nation. The most recent National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that 41.3% of women and 23.7% of men in Wisconsin experience sexual violence during their lives.
Since 1999, WCASA has presented the Voices of Courage Awards during April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The awards luncheon is paired with two other important SAAM events. The morning of April 25th, WCASA will hold a Survivors and Allies Task Force Gathering. After the awards luncheon, WCASA and community members will march a short distance to the capitol for Wrap Around the Capitol to commemorate Denim Day. This event symbolizes an international effort to end sexual violence in solidarity with survivors and their allies.
This year’s awardees are:
Maureen Funk, clinical manager of Social Services at the Gundersen Health System in the Lifetime Achievement category
Alice Skenandore, executive director at Wise Women Gathering Place in the Lifetime Achievement category
Kate Malone, tattoo artist at Atomic Tattoos in the Community Support category
Lt. Dale Lutz, Jefferson Police Department in the Community Support category
Arianna Castro, student at Neenah High School in the Courage category
Kristi Dietz, director of Office of Detention Facilities at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in the Criminal Justice category
Theresa Wetzsteon, deputy district attorney at the Marathon County District Attorney’s Office in the Criminal Justice category
Terri Fugate, RN of Southwest Health-Platteville in the Health & Human Services category
Korina Pubanz, SANE nurse at the Shawano Medical Center/Thedacare in the Health & Human Services category
Luci Staudacher, Hand in Hand program manager at Pathfinders in the Prevention category
Emily Schwartzstein, student at Oregon High School in the Public Policy category
Jan Bruder, program coordinator at Brighter Tomorrows in the Victim Advocacy category
WCASA invites advocates, allies, supporters, and members from the community at large to celebrate the work of these recipients on April 25th. Visit http://www.wcasa.org/pages/Events-VOCAwards-2015.php for more information.
4th Annual Wrap Around the Capitol, 4/25/15, 2:00pm, WI State Capitol (outside), NE Entrance at N. Hamilton Street.
The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) presents its 4th Annual Wrap Around the Capitol. WCASA has organized this event as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month at the entrance to the Capitol (NE Entrance at N. Hamilton Street). The event involves attendees holding on to strips of denim and walking around the capitol until the two ends meet each other. This act symbolizes a statewide effort to end sexual violence in solidarity with survivors and their allies. Wrap Around the Capitol is part of a full day of events on April 25th, 2015, including the Survivors & Allies Task Force and the Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon.
More info at http://www.wcasa.org/pages/Events-WrapAroundTheCapitol.php & https://www.facebook.com/events/947072495312352/?ref=5