Welcome to Hope House's April 2019 Community Education E-bulletin!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has declared this year's SAAM theme to be "I Ask." Check out their site for coloring pages, the #30DaysofSAAM Instagram contest, posters, a toolkit, handouts, social media guide and graphics, and more!

Hope House is working with community partners on a number of awareness projects for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Please continue to check our website throughout the month for more updates: www.hopehousescw.org/sexual-assault-awareness-month-events.html

  • April 15-26 in Baraboo: "What Were You Wearing?" Sexual Assault Survivor Art Installation at UW-Baraboo. This installation provides a tangible response to one of our culture’s most pervasive sexual assault myths. Outfits featured have been recreated from the stories of student survivors. This installation contains descriptions of sexual violence, which may cause an emotional  response. Resources are available inside should you need them.
  • April 23 in Portage: "Embrace Your Voice This April: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault" presentation at the Portage Public Library from 5:30-7pm. Hope House, in partnership with the Portage Public Library, will be giving a free presentation on how to best support survivors of sexual assault. See the flyer below for more information.
  • April 24 worldwide: Denim Day is in honor of a young Italian woman who was raped by her driving instructor. He was convicted, but he appealed and the judges overturned the conviction. The judges decided that "...because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape, but consensual sex." Denim Day was created as a message in protest of victim-blaming. You can participate in Denim Day by asking your employer to allow employees to wear jeans on April 24 in exchange for making a small donation to Hope House. If your business, school, or church is interested in participating in Denim Day, please call Hope House at 608-356-9123 to let us know. We'd greatly appreciate it if you took photos of the participants wearing jeans and tag us on Facebook or email it to us at hhoffice@hopehousescw.org.  We'll share the image on our Facebook page and e-bulletin. 
  • Other Activities:
    • Listen in to 99.7 MAX FM, 92.1 WRJC, and Wisconsin 106.1 for SAAM PSAs and interviews.
    • Watch for our SAAM displays at Gundersen Hospital in Adams, Divine Savior Hospital in Portage, Compass Counseling in Portage, the Marquette County Courthouse, Madison College in Reedsburg and Portage, UW-Baraboo, and the public libraries in Portage, Mauston, Montello, and Westfield.
    • Thank you to Mayor Mike Palm for proclaiming April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Baraboo!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM)

April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM). Some of the activities we're involved with include:

  • Hope House will have a blue pinwheel display with yard signs in our front yard.
  • The public libraries in Wisconsin Dells, Reedsburg, and Sauk City will have CAPM displays with materials for community members to take home, including pinwheel pens and coloring sheets, CAPM stickers and flyers, child sexual abuse prevention bookmarks and workbooks, and Hope House brochures. 
  • CAPM flyers will be given out at The Grainery in Baraboo.

Learn more about child abuse prevention with these excellent online resources:


Hope House's April Wish List

Most needed items include:

  • Food: Cake Mix, Baking Chips, and Birthday Party supplies; Produce; Milk; Eggs
  • Cleaning Supplies: Dishwasher Detergent, Paper Towels, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Disinfectant Spray & Wipes
  • Program Supplies: Reusable Grocery Bags, Clear Elmer’s Glue
  • Miscellaneous: Pillows, Shower Caddies, Tissues
  • Clothing for Women: Shorts (All sizes), Yoga Pants (Small and Medium), Pajama Pants (All sizes), Flip Flops (All sizes)
  • Clothing for Men: Jeans (All sizes), T-shirts and Sweatshirts (All sizes), Pajama pants (All sizes), Slippers (All sizes)
  • Children: Tops and bottoms (size 5T and up), Flip Flops (All sizes)

Hope House also accepts used cell phones, smartphones, iPods, and iPads as we send them to a recycling center to later be used as 911 cell phones and receive a cash donation.

Donations can be dropped off at 720 Ash Street in Baraboo. Questions? Please call us at 608-356-9123. Thank you!

Please note that at this time we are not accepting stuffed animals/plush toys, used toys, used books, clothes (except for new sweat pants and sweat shirts, socks, and underwear), shoes, TVs, bar soap, furniture, or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, or lotion. We encourage those looking to donate travel-size items to donate them to the Backpack Project. The Backpack Project strives to provide Baraboo School District students who are financially challenged to enter the school doors on the first day "just like everyone else" and to show these children the community supports and encourages them to learn and do their best. Becky Hovde is the contact, and she can be reached at 608-963-8230 or Hivebiz65@gmail.com.


Sexual Assault News

  • From Michael Jackson to R. Kelly: Documentaries Offer Justice Courts Have Not: “The six-part ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ premiered on Lifetime January 3, and the two-part ‘Leaving Neverland,’ premiered on HBO  March 2. The series share a topic — a famous musician who used his power to engineer repeated sexual assaults on underage victims. However, what’s more noteworthy is their stories don’t focus on the celebrity; they emphasize on letting survivors speak out. It’s a creative decision with the potential to create real impact on the future perception of these cases”…Read more
  • Sexual Assault on Flights: Experts Recommend Ways to Stay Safe and Combat It: “It is not unusual for victims to return home and file a report with their local police department, which might then say it does not have the authority to follow up. ‘For victims and survivors, every barrier to making this report increases the likelihood that they just will give up and not report,’”…Read more
  • "Don't Silence Me" music video aims to be anthem for survivors of sexual assault: “A new video titled 'Don't Silence Me,' inspired by the #MeToo movement, debuted online Tuesday. Mhairi Morrison, a producer whose friend wrote the song after Morrison accused a French director of sexual assault, and Lili Bernard, who is featured in the video and accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, joined CBSN's Elaine Quijano to talk about how the song empowers fellow survivors.  ‘My intention with this video is to celebrate the resilience and bravery of the sexual assault survivors who have spoken out,’ she said. ‘If the Cosby survivors had not come forward, if the Weinstein survivors had not come forward then I would not have had the opportunity to heal. That's the power of speaking out’”…Read more

Domestic Violence News

  • Domestic Violence Doesn’t Always Look Like We Think: Doctors are in a unique position to help identify victims of intimate partner violence, but first we might need to reset expectations.: “The study gives front-line physicians like me powerful information about both the demographics and the patterns of injury seen in domestic violence. We already know that unusual patterns of broken bones help doctors detect child abuse. This new study suggests that such an approach may be successful in adults too”…Read more

Parents & Youth Service Providers' Section

  • What Parents Need to Know About Digital Consent: “As much as they want to, parents can’t protect their children from the consequences of their bad decisions. But they can recognize the limits of their children’s social and emotional development and guide them toward healthy decisions when their relationships have an online component. And equally important, parents can set the standard that victims of breaches of digital consent are to be always supported and never shamed”…Read more

  • High School Girls Say Hell No to Boys Ranking Their Looks: “In response, a two-hour meeting was held with both boys and girls in the school, where girls read speeches about being sexually objectified, some of which were directed specifically at the 18-year-old student who made the list. ‘It was quite intense, being so directly confronted in front of so many people for so long,’ he said afterwards to the Washington Post. ‘When you have a culture where it’s just normal to talk about that, I guess making a list about it doesn’t seem like such a terrible thing to do, because you’re just used to discussing it...This memory is not going to leave me anytime soon.’ Now the students are starting a campaign to educate younger students on toxic masculinity, with future events planned”…Read more

  • How every parent can help get rid of toxic masculinity: “From that point on, I knew my responsibilities as a coach would go beyond simply teaching the girls how to dribble and shoot a basketball. I needed to take an active role in helping dismantle the sexist assumptions I saw on the court that day, the same way I do in other areas of my life. Not just because they were detrimental to the girls I coached, but also because they’re toxic to the boys we were playing against”…Read more

  • New Updates to Teens Against Bullying website: “Check out new content on our Teens Against Bullying website, created by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and designed to engage middle and high school students. Elementary students can visit Kids Against Bullying website, also created by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. How does Teens Against Bullying website help youth? Provides a platform with age-appropriate content to learn about the dynamics of bullying; Educates those targeted by bullying and those who witness bullying on what to do; Offers opportunities to interact with the site through polls and quizzes; Shares bullying prevention stories and caring statements from around the world; Inspires active engagement in bullying prevention in the local community.”

  • 13 Online Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About: “Below are some of the hottest challenges that have swept social media; some fade and then make a comeback. In most cases, kids are watching these challenges on YouTube purely for entertainment, but some challenges inspire kids to try them out themselves. (In fact, the safe ones can be fun for families to try.) Others -- like the Backpack Challenge -- are often done with the goal of filming other kids and broadcasting the results online. While there could be a new one as soon as tomorrow, they do seem to fall into certain categories, and there's some universal advice that parents can follow, no matter the challenge”…Read more


Hope House of South Central Wisconsin
720 Ash Street/P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913
24-Hour Confidential Helpline: 608-356-7500 or 1-800-584-6790
Resource Center: 608-356-9123


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