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


Holiday Giving

Please consider Hope House in your holiday giving. You can donate to us online here, you can mail a check to Hope House, P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913, and/or you can purchase presents for the individuals and families we serve. Please see our wish list below. Items can be dropped off or shipped to 720 Ash Street, Baraboo, WI 53913. Questions about donations? Please call us at 608-356-9123. ​Thank you for your support!


New E-Bulletin Format Coming in 2020

In 2020, Hope House's Community Education E-bulletin will have a new look as we move from the Salsa program to DonorSnap. We hope everyone will receive the e-bulletin as normal, but please consider checking your spam folder if you don't receive your e-bulletin email within the first week of the month. We've got our fingers crossed that the transition goes smoothly!

Amazon Smile Program

Did you know Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Hope House of South Central Wisconsin Inc. whenever you shop on AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know - same products, same prices, same service. ​Support Hope House by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.


Still Time to Apply - Join Our Growing Team!

Hope House has received extra Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to expand our services! As such, we are hiring for several new positions. There's still time to apply. Please visit www.hopehousescw.org/career-opportunities to learn more about these positions: Advocate - Human Trafficking Focus, Bilingual Advocate - Spanish, Civil and Criminal Justice Advocate, Hotline Shelter Advocate, Legal Advocate, Mobile Advocate, and Sauk County Child/Family Advocate. Please share with anyone that may be interested!


Last month 57 people attended The Wisconsin Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Program's anti-human trafficking session in Wisconsin Dells, including a presentation on Sojourner Family Peace Center's Russian Speaking Family Strengthening Program. Participants included staff from Dells-area resorts, hotels, restaurants, police departments, hospital, J1 employment organizations, and Hope House. Thank you for a great presentation Javier Acevedo and for everyone who came and showed they care about this issue. Cross-regional collaboration and good partnerships are key in this work!


Thank you to Alexa with Board & Brush Wisconsin Dells for donating these beautiful, handmade signs to Hope House! She donated them in honor of National Gratitude Month in November. We appreciate this inspirational gift that we can give to those we work with and that we can hang in our building.

Thank you to Quartz Health Solutions for dropping off a $40 donation plus items from our wish list. We appreciate your support!


Domestic Violence News

  • A woman was just charged in the suicide of her boyfriend, and his death highlights the ongoing epidemic of relationship abuse against men: “Prosecutors say she was ‘physically, verbally and psychologically abusive’ toward Urtula during their 18-month relationship. Suffock County District Attorney Rachel Rollins said in a press conference that friends and family believed You had complete and total control over Urtula, and that she ‘created life-threatening conditions’ for Urtula”…Read more

  • Paris Protesters March Against Deadly Domestic Violence Towards Women: “Several thousand protesters marched through Paris on Saturday to demand a national wake-up call and more government investment to prevent deadly domestic violence against women...A wave of purple flags and signs snaked from the Place de la Republique through eastern Paris amid an unprecedented public campaign to decry violence against women — and honor the 130 women that activists say have been killed in France this year by a current or former partner...While France has a progressive reputation and pushes for women’s rights around the world, it has among the highest rates in Europe of domestic violence, in part because of poor police response to reports of abuse. Many of the women killed this year had previously sought help from police”…Read more

  • Bill introduced to ban misdemeanor domestic abuse convicts from owning guns: “An Assembly bill would make it illegal for a person convicted of a misdemeanor domestic abuse charge to own a firearm. Currently, it’s illegal for a person convicted of any felony in Wisconsin to own or possess a gun. According to End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, guns were used in 65% of domestic violence homicides in 2018 and they are the leading weapon used for over the last 20 years. ‘This brings state law into alignment with federal law, which gives our prosecutors better options in order to deal with this problem,’ Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) told NewsChannel 7”…Read more


Sexual Assault News

  • Sauk County receives $450,000 grant for sexual-assault prosecution, support for victims: “The county was awarded $450,000 to fund a full-time prosecutor and full-time victim advocate for all cases related to adult sexual assault and cases deemed as domestic violence, such as battery charges, disorderly conduct, bail jumping, and stalkings, said Rick Spoentgen, an assistant district attorney in Sauk County. The grant also will fund a part-time sexual assault advocate through Hope House of South Central Wisconsin”…Read more
  • Republican Says Rape Kit Testing Bill Will Pass Legislature: “A bipartisan bill with broad support designed to prevent future backlogs in testing of evidence collected following a sexual assault will likely pass the Legislature sometime next year, a key Republican lawmaker said Tuesday after Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul and advocates pressed for action. Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, chairman of the Assembly Health Committee that has the bill, said he planned to hold a hearing on it and expected it would be pass before the end of session next year. The Senate passed it in October, but the measure has languished in the Assembly. That inaction led Kaul and advocates to call for action Tuesday”…Read more

  • New Trump administration rules on sexual assault could keep survivors silent: “The final rules, expected to be released before the end of the year, are likely to include a controversial provision requiring schools to allow in-person cross-examination of students who report assault and harassment, as well as accused students. Many activists, as well as school administrators, say cross-examination is traumatic for a survivor of sexual violence; Jordan Draper, assistant vice president for student affairs at the College of New Jersey, called it 'completely terrifying' in an interview with Vox earlier this year. She and others say their schools may have to scrap formal sexual assault hearings entirely if cross-examination is required. The final rules will include one change that survivors’ advocates have pushed for, according to the Post: Universities may be responsible for investigating allegations of sexual misconduct at off-campus events like frat parties. But people familiar with the rules told the Post they would include most of the other provisions that stirred controversy last year, including a narrowed definition of sexual harassment and permission for schools to use a standard of evidence more favorable to the accused”…Read more
  • Chanel Miller Reads Powerful Poem About Sexual Assault Survivors at Glamour Women of the Year Awards: “After being honored at the 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Awards as the anonymous sexual assault survivor Emily Doe, Chanel Miller took the stage at the 2019 awards on November 11 to read a powerful poem in support of survivors everywhere”…Read more

  • Women Deserve to Run Without Fear: “In a recent Runner’s World survey, a massive 84 percent of women said they have experienced some kind of harassment while running that left them feeling unsafe. That includes physical actions like groping, or being followed or flashed, as well as subtler forms like catcalls, honks, and lewd comments. At best, harassment is distracting and annoying. At worst, it’s terrifying and detrimental to our health, negating all the physical, emotional, and mental benefits we get from running”…Read more…Read related article: A Chicago College Student Was Killed After She Ignored A Man’s Catcalls

  • Sexual abuse survivors are not emotionally doomed, per new research: “What helped them heal and manage their emotions successfully? Support. Having a close confidant increased a survivor’s reported CMH sevenfold…In other words, in order for children who have experienced abuse to heal and go on to navigate social interactions functionally, they need an adult in their lives who will listen to them and believe them…All my experts agree that early intervention is critical to healing. 'The earlier one intervenes the more hopeful we can be,' Brown says ‘Research on resilience shows that it’s not something you have or don’t have. It can be developed’”…Read more

  • It’s 2019, And States Are Still Making Exceptions for Spousal Rape: “Four decades after the start of the movement to criminalize spousal rape, states are still updating their statutes. This year, Minnesota eliminated its marital exemption for rape cases in which the victim is incapacitated. Bills to remove martial exemptions in Ohio and Maryland both died in committee. Meanwhile, states that specifically criminalize spousal rape treat the crime differently in some respects: California requires people convicted under its law to register as sex offenders, but only if they used 'force or violence' and were sentenced to state prison”…Read more


Miscellaneous News

  • How to React When #MeToo Invades Your Friend Group: “You’ve probably heard it said that no one is responsible for harm except the person who caused the harm. I don’t disagree with that. But I also believe that we have a responsibility to be good friends, and that means calling on one another not to do harm in the first place, and to own the impact of our actions when these do cause harm. We rely on authority figures and punishment in our society to address many aspects of harm, not realizing that the single most effective tool for creating change has been with us all along: friendship. Friendship has power”…Read more

  • At least 22 transgender people have been killed this year. But numbers don't tell the full story: “Half of transgender and gender non-conforming people killed since 2013 have been killed by an acquaintance, friend, family member or intimate partner, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Studies show that transgender people face higher levels of intimate partner violence than cisgender people. And those higher rates of violence at the hands of partners are also correlated with other risk factors, like homelessness or engaging in sex work”…Read more


Parents' & Youth Service Providers' Section

  • Registration Now Open for the Teen Summit in Wisconsin Dells in February: "The annual Teen Summit is End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin’s largest training, bringing youth, parents, educators, activists, and mentors from all over Wisconsin to learn about healthy relationships, teen dating violence, and sexual assault within a larger anti-oppression framework. We include educational and enthusiastic plenary speakers, as well as topic-related performances. We are expecting our highest attendance yet, with up to 700 anticipated attendees…The event starts on a Sunday to avoid taking youth out of school three days in a row. End Abuse offers an Excused Absence Form every year that students can provide to their schools without fear of being tardy or having unexcused absences"...Learn more

  • RALIANCE’s Parent 2 Parent: “The goal of  Parent 2 Parent is to prevent child sexual abuse by providing parents and other caretakers of children and youth with sexual behavior problems (SBPs) with resources and tools to ensure children’s healthy sexual development and behavior”…Learn more

  • A Model School Policy on Suicide Prevention: “The Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention gives educators and school administrators a comprehensive way to implement suicide prevention policies in their local community. In collaboration with the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and The Trevor Project, the program is research-based and easily adaptable for middle and high schools. There are specific, actionable steps to support school personnel; sample language for student handbooks; suggestions for involving parents and guardians in suicide prevention; and guidance for addressing in-school suicide attempts”…Learn more


From now until Dec 21, when you make a purchase at The Grainery in Baraboo, you can vote for Hope House as the recipient of the largest donation they'll make. Shop local for a cause! Thank you!

Many thanks to Pardeeville High School's FFA for donating 200 new socks to Hope House as part of their Socktober donation collection! Pictured here is FFA member Natalie. This is so helpful. Way to go!


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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