Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities
Tuesdays in April 2018, 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 4th, 2018 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.
Wednesday, April 10– April 21, 2018, What You Were Wearing Exhibit: “What were you wearing?” It’s a question people ask survivors of sexual violence all too often; a question wrought with victim blaming and an implication that, maybe the survivor could have prevented their assault if they had worn something less revealing, less sexy. A powerful art exhibit will be on display at the Center for Visual Arts 427 S. 4th Street, Wausau featuring stories of sexual violence and representations of what each victim was wearing at the time of their assault by local survivors. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, April 14th, 2018, 5th Annual Dani’s Journey Bowling Fundraiser: For more information about the 5th 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 in Rothschild, WI.
Monday, April 16th, 2018, 5:30pm, 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, Skylight Gallery and Studio Room. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018, 11 am– 3pm, Debunking the Myths Surrounding Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault: A community presentation about the problem of human trafficking in our community, how to help prevent it, and support survivors. Followed by a panel of experts including law enforcement, prosecutor, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, mental health therapist, Department of Corrections sex offender agent, victim rights attorney, and forensic interviewer. The panel will highlight common myths and present factual information about various topics such as: delayed reporting, recanting, investigating, evidence collection, interviewing victims, grooming tactics, sex offender rules, legal advocacy, and trauma informed care practices. Join us for this in depth discussion. $10 registration fee, 3.5 CEU’s available, and lunch included. North Central Technical College, Auditorium (Science Building) 1000 Campus Dr., Wausau, WI 54401. Sponsored by The Women’s Community and Marathon County Sexual Assault Intervention Team, hosted by North Central Technical College. Registration begins at 10:30 am. To register, call 715.675.3331 and press “1” or visit www.ntc.edu/ce/conferences
Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:00pm, 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.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 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 as it is also Administrative Professionals Day in support of survivors and bringing awareness to the issue.
For more information about these events, please contact Jessica at The Women’s Community 715-842-5663 or Jessica@womenscommunity.org