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


July 12 at the Portage Library

Please help us spread the word with Portage-area teens on our first session at the Portage Public Library! Youth Advocate/Educator Sarah will discuss services and resources in a relaxed setting with coloring, crafts and activities with interested teens. She also wants to hear teens' feedback on future possible activities related to coping skills, mindfulness, managing emotions and valuing our differences. For 6th to 12th grade only. For more information, call Hope House at 608-356-9123.

We were excited to be involved with J1 orientation again this summer in Wisconsin Dells so that these young adults know about local resources, including Hope House as a resource to provide free and confidential support to anyone in the area experiencing domestic or dating abuse, sexual assault, or sex trafficking.

Thank you to Central Wisconsin Community Action Coalition for having us at your Big Picture event on June 18. Carrie Poser with the Balance of State was an excellent speaker on coming together to provide a more comprehensive system for our area homeless individuals and families.


Hope House in the News

  • Agencies work to prevent, de-escalate domestic violence in region: "'I think that continuing outreach and awareness, including education in the schools, has helped more people know of Hope House services,' Kaehny said. 'Our staff also work closely with area law enforcement, health care providers, human services, schools, and churches to build better partnerships in order to get people connected to services'"…Read more

  • Support for Elder Abuse Available: "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. Elder abuse is something many people aren’t aware of or don’t want to think about. Today more people feel comfortable talking about and addressing issues of abuse and violence, but elder abuse is unfortunately often left out of the conversation"...Read more

  • Father Figures Have Important Role to Play: "Fathers play a vital role in influencing not only their child’s physical development and well-being, but also their emotional well-being. How their fathers treat others and express themselves informs children’s sense of self and their view of the world around them"...Read more


Hope House's July Wish List

Most needed items include:

  • Food: Single-serving Snacks (healthy options preferred), Juice Boxes, Spaghetti Sauce, Ketchup, Salad Dressing, Produce, Peanut Butter, Milk, Juice, Individual Cracker Snacks (cheese, peanut butter)
  • Cleaing Supplies: Garbage Bags, Lysol Laundry Sanitizer
  • Miscellaneous: Shower Caddies, Deodorant, Conditioner, Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer, Soft Soap, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Watering Can, Tomato Cages
  • Clothing: Women's Underwear (Size 5-7), Women's Tank Tops and Athletic Shorts

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.


Sexual Assault News

  • Human trafficking is all over Wisconsin, but subtle. You might have seen victims and never known.: "‘They basically make the victims go down the rabbit hole with them,’ he said, ‘so that the victims themselves are either so reliant on their trafficker that they don't want to give the person up, or they feel that they're just equally in as much trouble’”…Read more

  • A West Point cadet was sentenced to 21 years in prison for raping a sleeping classmate. Now, he's free to return to school.: “‘Even now, when they do come forward, the odds of them getting a conviction are astronomically slim,’ he told CBS News. ‘You know, there were only 108 convictions last year in the military out of 7,000 reports, and so the numbers are against them. And then, when they actually do get a conviction, to have it overturned on such flimsy logic is just going to dissuade people from doing it. It's time for Congress to act on this; to be bold. They have been too slow to do anything really aggressive when it comes to sex assault in the military’”…Read more

  • US Catholic Church Reports Big Rise in Sex-Abuse Allegations: "‘Victims are coming forward now because of real progress by secular authorities,’ said the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. ‘Lawmakers are increasingly getting rid of archaic, predator-friendly laws and 16 attorneys general have launched investigations, so many victims are feeling hopeful.' The advocacy group urged officials in every diocese to turn over sex abuse records to their state attorney general for investigation. The group also said church staff should be instructed to report suspected abuse to secular law enforcement before filing a report internally”...Read more

  • Survivors Of Sexual Abuse By Nuns Want Greater Visibility For Their Accusations: “That's in part because church leadership has historically treated misconduct by diocesan priests as separate from accusations against members of religious orders, both male and female. Survivors also say the lack of awareness about sexual abuse by nuns can make it harder to come forward…‘I think with me, like a lot of survivors, we thought we were the only ones that this happened to,’ he said”…Read more

  • These Men Say the Boy Scouts' Sex Abuse Problem Is Worse Than Anyone Knew: “On Thursday, a group of attorneys said they’d collected information from at least 428 men and boys whose accounts of rape, molestation and abuse indicate the Boy Scouts’ pedophile problem is far more widespread than the organization has previously acknowledged. These men are speaking out for the first time, and several of them detailed their allegations of abuse in interviews with TIME”…Read more


Domestic Violence News

  • The Justice Department Wants To Address Mass Shootings By Putting More Domestic Abusers Behind Bars: “The Justice Department on Tuesday announced a new push to boost federal gun prosecutions for domestic abusers, highlighting it as part of an effort to address mass shootings. Advocates for domestic violence survivors and gun safety groups say it’s a good step, but won’t make a serious dent unless loopholes are closed that limit whom the feds can take to court”…Read more

  • We Prosecute Murder Without the Victim’s Help. Why Not Domestic Violence?: “It had previously been a challenge to get prosecutors to even accept the idea of pursuing cases without victim cooperation, even when the victim’s testimony was admissible. Today, ‘what I’ve seen in prosecutors’ units is domestic violence fatigue,’ Ms. Gardner said. Crawford doesn’t make prosecution impossible, but it makes things ‘complicated, too nuanced,’ she added. ‘We’re kind of going backward.’ Perpetrators, she said, ‘are not being prosecuted as often as they could and should be’”…Read more


Parents' & Youth Service Providers' Section

  • Teenage Girls and Dating Violence: Why We Should Be Paying Attention: “Include psychological abuse, and these numbers rise significantly. More than 60 percent of adolescents who date (both boys and girls) said they had experienced physical, sexual or psychological abuse from a partner, according to the National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence published in 2016. ‘These relationships set the stage for future relationships,’ Adhia said, adding that this abuse could lead to long-lasting emotional scars like anxiety, depression, substance use, antisocial behavior, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts”…Read more…Read related article: Teen Dating Abuse Is A Public Health Crisis. Here's How To Change That.

  • Common Sense Media’s 12 Great Lesson Plans for Internet Safety: “The best internet safety lessons recognize the complexity of these topics and help students build the critical-thinking skills and habits of mind to navigate the dilemmas they encounter. Below are the best internet safety lesson plans for students in grades 3–8. Lessons for K–2 and 9–12 are coming in August 2019”…Read more


Elder Abuse Resource

  • Lifting Up the Voices of Older Survivors: “The concept of Lifting Up Voices, for NCALL, is rooted in our survivor-centered work and draws upon NCALL’s newest draft video project, Lifting Up the Voices of Older Survivors, co-created with Terra Nova Films and  funded by the Office for Victims of Crime. This collection of video clips shares the lived experiences and resiliency of a number of older survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and financial exploitation. In addition to revealing the heart and incredible strength of these older survivors, the videos also cast a light on the work that is carried out by advocates and the justice system, throughout the country, to lift up the voices of older survivors and to hold their offenders accountable for their crimes. We are excited to announce that the Lifting Up the Voices of Older Survivors videos are now available for viewing and we invite you to watch then share your feedback by answering a few short questions at each video’s conclusion”…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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