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


Hope House will once again at Lodi's National Night Out. This awesome night for individuals and families takes place on Tuesday, August 6 from 5-8pm at the high school. Hope to see you there!


Get On Board!

Are you looking for an important way to give back to your community?  We want YOU to join the Hope House Board of Directors!  We have board positions open and would love for you to join us.  We are particularly looking for people with expertise in finance, human resources, building/maintenance and legal issues.  Your time and compassion will go a long way in providing support to those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault in Sauk, Columbia, Juneau, Adams and Marquette counties.  If you are interested in contributing your time, thoughtfulness and leadership and are interested in this opportunity, please email Cheryl Wittmann at Cheryl.wittmann@wegnercpas.com for more information.  


Other Volunteer Opportunities

It takes a ton of work to keep our resource center and shelter organized and cozy. If you are interested in volunteering at Hope House and out in the community, please contact us at debb@HopeHouseSCW.org or call (608) 356-9123.


Hope House's August Wish List

Most needed items include:

  • Food: Single-serving Snacks (healthy options preferred), Spread Butter
  • Cleaing Supplies: Garbage Bags, Lysol Laundry Sanitizer, Lysol Wipes
  • Miscellaneous: Deodorant, Conditioner, Body Wash
  • Clothing: Women's Underwear (Size 5-7)
  • Back-to-School Supplies: Backpacks and Lunch bags (Solid colors preferred), Pencil sharpeners
  • Program Supplies: Play-Doh and Play-Doh Toys, 6-Quart Slow Cooker

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 what's listed above), 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.


From End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: Action Alert! Teen Dating Violence Bill Officially Introduced in the Legislature

"Call your legislators today and urge them to sign on as co-sponsors of LRB-2441/1, relating to teen dating violence prevention!

This bipartisan bill will help prevent teen dating violence in Wisconsin by:

  • Requiring the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to collaborate with stakeholders and other state agencies to create model policies for preventing and responding to teen dating violence in schools;
  • Requiring DPI to incorporate teen dating violence curriculum into its model health problems education curriculum and to provide age-appropriate instruction for pupils once between 6th and 8th grades, and again between 9th and 12th grades;
  • Allowing school boards to adopt the DPI’s model curriculum, or to develop its own similar curriculum to address teen dating violence.

To take action, find your legislators’ contact info by entering your address into the search bar here, and tell them to support this critical legislation that will keep Wisconsin youth safe from dating violence. You can use the following script for your calls and emails"...Read more


Domestic Violence News

  • How Domestic Abusers Weaponize the Courts: “Perpetrators file frivolous lawsuits—sometimes even from prison—to keep their victims coming back to court to face them. After a breakup, the courts are often the only tool left for abusers seeking to maintain a hold over their victims’ lives. The process costs money and time, and can further traumatize victims of intimate-partner violence, even after they have managed to leave the relationship. Only one U.S. state, Tennessee, has a law specifically aimed at stopping a former romantic partner from filing vexatious litigation against an ex”…Read more

  • Study: Brain injury common in domestic violence: “In the first community-based study of its kind, researchers from The Ohio State University and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network found that 81 percent of women who have been abused at the hands of their partners and seek help have suffered a head injury and 83 percent have been strangled…someone who can never remember to show up for counseling at the right time or who is combative with a roommate might be seen as a troublemaker when she’s really at the mercy of her brain injury”…Read more

  • Stop Treating Domestic Violence Differently From Other Crimes: “Prioritizing criminal justice responses to intimate partner violence would make sense if there was reason to believe that it was working. But that’s not what the evidence shows…Rather than continuing to rely primarily on the criminal legal system, we could provide economic support to low-income men and women. We could intervene to prevent the childhood traumas that lead to violence in adulthood. We could address the attitudes and beliefs among adolescents that drive intimate partner violence. We could use community accountability and restorative justice programs to meet the needs of victims who will never willingly turn to state systems. We could focus our efforts and resources on stopping violence before it starts, rather than intervening ineffectually after the fact”…Read more

  • 2018 was Busiest Year for U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: “In A YEAR OF IMPACT: National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect the organization reports it received 573,670 contacts from people affected by domestic violence (DV), an increase of 36% from 2017. Additionally, researchers saw a 48% increase in website visits to TheHotline.org and loveisrespect.org combined and a 147% increase in the number of people reaching out for help via chat”…Read more

  • Bianca Devins' murder is 'not an Instagram story,' domestic violence expert says: “‘This is not an Instagram story. This is a story about dating violence and homicide, about power and control, about a man who felt entitled to take a girl's life and emboldened to post photos of it on a gaming platform,’ said Cindy Southworth, executive vice president at the U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence”…Read more

  • The Village Where Every Cop Has Been Convicted of Domestic Violence: “With low pay and few people wanting the jobs, it is that easy in some small Alaska communities for a convicted felon, even someone who has admitted to a sex crime or who was recently released from prison, to be hired with public money to work as a city police officer. It’s also a violation of state public safety regulations, yet it happens all the time”…Read more


Sexual Assault News

  • Stop Calling Epstein’s Victims Young Women. They’re Children.: “Proper terminology is important. And using the incorrect terms obscures the fact that Epstein, a billionaire adult, is accused of assaulting children and trafficking them for nonconsensual sexual acts. There are children, and there are women. There are girls, and there are adults. There is no in-between. Additionally, no single adult is capable of having ‘sex’ with ‘minors.’ There is molestation, there is outright sexual assault, and there is statutory rape. But not sex. Sex implies consent, an equal footing of power, and, of course, the legality of age. Epstein preyed on children, plain and simple”…Read more...Read related articles: How Jeffrey Epstein's Victims Are Coping After His Alleged Abuse and Jeffrey Epstein, R. Kelly and a Change in How Prosecutors Look at Sexual Assault
  • Judge who spared rape suspect because he was from 'good family' steps down: “New Jersey's Supreme Court terminated the temporary assignment of State Superior Court Judge James Troiano, who declined to order a 16-year-old rape suspect tried in adult court because the youth came ‘from a good family’…Also Wednesday, the court recommended that state Superior Court Judge John Russo Jr. be removed from the bench. Russo asked a woman during a 2016 hearing if she could have closed her legs to prevent a sexual assault, and joked about the exchange later with court personnel”…Read more…Read related article: ‘Close your legs.' He’s ’from a good family.' Making bad judges’ accountable is just the beginning of addressing sexual violence, group says.
  • Coast Guard Academy experiences rise in sexual assault, highest rate in a decade: “The anonymous 2018 gender relations survey completed by cadets at the school in New London, Connecticut, shows that 45% of women and 17% of men said they experienced sexual harassment, up from 36% and 11%, respectively, in 2016. And 12.4% of women said they experienced unwanted sexual contact, up from 8% in 2016”…Read more​...Read related article: She Didn’t Act Like a Rape Victim
  • Prosecutors Drop Sexual-Assault Case Against Kevin Spacey: “Nantucket District Attorney Michael O’Keefe dismissed the charges of indecent assault and battery on Wednesday, citing the ‘unavailability of the complaining witness.’ An attorney for the family—who dropped their civil suit against the actor earlier this month—said the accuser and his parents had shown ‘an enormous amount of courage under difficult circumstances.’ The Nantucket case is the first of more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey to make it to trial, and one of the few high-profile accusations during the #MeToo movement to result in prosecution”…Read more

Miscellaneous News

  • 'You grow up hating yourself': why child abuse survivors keep – and break – their silence:  “'You’re talking about interrupting the development of the brain of a child and their education. It’s a major rewiring of the brain that can often leave people in a perpetual state of alarm, a heightened sense of who’s around me, what’s happening and constant vigilance. I was like that for years and depressed and suicidal because the world wasn’t safe, and everyone had an ulterior motive and who do you trust? 'Trust is a massive issue for people who’ve been abused. Because often these people were people we looked up to and admired'"…Read more

  • 'We're literally invisible': How better data could help advocates for missing or murdered Native women: “While there are some publicly available databases, like NamUs, where missing or murdered loved ones can be reported, the state patrol’s report concedes that they didn’t adequately serve the concerns heard in these community gatherings. It stated: ‘There currently is no centralized database that is all-encompassing of the information necessary to effectively meet the needs of this growing problem.’ Although such a database might not exist within federal or state governments, Native people like Annita Lucchesi have taken it upon themselves to make one. Lucchesi founded the Sovereign Bodies Institute, which currently has over 4,000 reports of missing and murdered indigenous women within its database. Lucchesi says she’s certain there are thousands more to come”…Read more


Parents' & Youth Service Providers' Section

  • The Importance of Sex Education for People With Developmental Disabilities: “‘This group, like anyone, needs sex education, but even more so because this population is more vulnerable,’ Mitelman explains. ‘This vulnerability stems from a couple different issues. For one, it is harder for this population to read people. They may not sense deceit or a dangerous situation in the same way you or I would. Secondly, those who may have communication obstacles or those who are completely nonverbal can be targeted due to their inability to report or say no’”…Read more

  • More students are being bullied online, federal report says: “Twenty percent of students between the ages of 12 and 18 were bullied during the 2016-2017 school year, according to the report from the National Center for Education Statistics, the research arm of the U.S. Education Department. Among those students who faced bullying, 15 percent said they were bullied online or by text, a 3.5 percentage point jump from the 2014-2015 school year…the reported increase could stem from a greater willingness to report online bullying or a deeper awareness among students about what it looks like”…Read more

  • How to Block and Report Cyberbullies on Instagram: “In fact, one 2017 survey cites that 20 percent of teens are bullied on Instagram. While most teens use it to have fun and connect with friends, there are lots of ways to spread hate, so it's important for teens to know how to block, mute, and report people. Of course, settings are just a start. It's a good idea to talk through how to manage mean or hurtful comments before they become an issue”…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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