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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities
April 1 - April 30
April Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month Events
April 2019, Survivor Love Letter is a movement for survivors of sexual assault and their allies to publicly celebrate their lives. It was started by filmmaker and activist, Tani Ikeda in 2012 on the anniversary of her rape where she penned a letter to her younger self that ended with the words: “this is my survivor love letter.” Survivors are encouraged to write letters to their younger self, their current self, or their future self. Supporters are encouraged to write letters to survivors with the message that not only are they believed, not only are they supported, they are loved. Letters can be creative and in any format that resonates with you. Send letters to Kimberly@womenscommunity.org by March 29, 2019. Letters will be on display in the community at the Center for Visual Arts, 427 N. 4th St., Wausau, WI from April 2nd-12th and at the Red Door Galleria, 316 Washington St., Wausau, WI from April 15th-26th, 2019.
Tuesdays in April 2019, Teal Tuesday: Show your support by wearing teal on Tuesdays. By working together to end sexual violence in our community we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights, and social justice issue.
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 Start by Believing Day: Start by Believing Day provides an opportunity for communities across the country, and around the world, to unify with a single voice for those who have been the victims of sexual violence. On this day, and every day, we seek to end the silence and change the way we respond to sexual assault. We Start by Believing.
Friday, April 5th, 2019 Wear Blue Day: A day dedicated celebrating child abuse prevention efforts across the country. Take a picture of yourself and your colleagues all dressed in blue and share it on your favorite social media platform using the #WearBlue hashtag.
Saturday, April 6th, 6th Annual Dani’s Journey Bowling Fundraiser: For more information about the 6th annual fundraiser or how to get involved with Dani’s Journey Education Fund, please contact Jessica Lind at 715-842-5663. Bowling event will be held at Coral Lanes, 1025 Grand Ave., Rothschild, WI. Proceeds will go to The Women’s Community to help educate youth about teen dating violence and sexual assault.
Thursday, April 11, 2019, Award Ceremony – Outstanding Achievement in Supporting Sexual Assault Victims: Join us as we recognize outstanding community members for their dedication to supporting survivors of sexual assault. Refreshments will be served. 5:30 pm, Center for Visual Arts, 427 S. 4th Street, Wausau, WI, Skylight Gallery and Studio Room. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, April 16th, 6:00 pm– 7:30 pm, Sex Offender 101: Stay Informed about Offender Supervision in Your Community: A community presentation about sex offenders and what it means when an offender is on community supervision or the sex offender registry. Learn about sexual assault laws and what determines someone to be on the registry. A panel of experts includes Marathon County District Attorney, Department of Corrections Sex Offender Agent, and the Sex Offender Registry Specialist. Join us for this in depth presentation to learn more about the sex offenders living in your community and how they are monitored. The event is free and is sponsored by the Marathon County Sexual Assault Intervention Team. Held at North Central Technical College, Center for Business and Industry Building, Room CBI110, 1000 Campus Dr., Wausau, WI. For more information, contact Jessica 715-842-5663.
Wednesday, April 24th, Denim Day: A symbolic gesture –Denim Day is an international protest responding to the Italian Supreme Court’s overruling of a rape conviction in 1999. Although the assailant had been found guilty at trial, the Supreme Court argued that because jeans are difficult to remove, the assailant couldn’t have done so without the victim’s help. Sounds outrageous, yet all over the world, women and men who are victims of sexual assault continue to be disbelieved and accused of causing the assault due to their behavior… or fashion sense. Community members, schools, and companies are encouraged to wear jeans on this day in support of survivors and bringing awareness to the issue. There will be a Denim Display decorated by survivors with survivor stories at UWSP at Wausau Campus from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Union, 518 S. 7th Ave., Wausau, WI.
Thursday, April 25th, 6:00pm, Film Screening of The Tale: Join us for a free screening of the documentary, The Tale. The Tale is a 2018 American drama film written and directed by Jennifer Fox. It tells the story about Fox’s own childhood sexual abuse and how it affects her later relationships. It premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO. Jennifer Fox is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and professor in her 40s when her mother, Nettie, calls her in alarm after discovering an essay she wrote when she was 13. Panel discussion included after the film. The screening will be held at UWSP at Wausau Campus, UW Center for Civil Engagement Center, 625 Stewart Ave., Wausau, WI.
Friday, April 26th, 2019, 12:00pm, 3rd Annual Hands Around the Courthouse: “Hands Around the Courthouse” is a community event held across the nation to gather people in support of preventing child abuse and neglect. During this brief 30-minute event, two guest speakers will share remarks about the local impacts of child abuse. Attendees will encircle the courthouse in a show of solidarity in the commitment to protect children. Marathon County Courthouse, 500 Forest St., Wausau, WI.
For more information about these events, please contact Jessica at The Women’s Community 715-842-5663 or Jessica@womenscommunity.org