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


We're so excited to partner with Julie, a dance instructor in Mauston, on a special charity Zumba dance class for Hope House. Bring your friends and family and dance for a cause on October 10 from 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm at the Two Sisters Event Center in Mauston. Funds will go towards supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in our area. Cash or check payable to Hope House accepted at the door.

​October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; wear purple to show your support.


Thank you to the Baraboo School District for having us back this year to give sexual harassment training to all of their school staff. We so appreciate all those that are working to make schools safer and more respectful places for young people. Welcome back and have a great year!


What to Expect

Calling a helpline or walking in to Hope House takes courage. If you'd like more information on what to expect when you contact Hope House (24-hour, confidential helpline: 608-356-7500 or 1-800-584-6790), please see the new page on our website on this topic.


Hope House's September Wish List

Most needed items include:

  • Food: cereal, spaghetti sauce, lunch meat, milk, icing
  • Personal Care Items: deodorant, conditioner, body wash, body lotion
  • Clothing: new underwear (women's size 5-7, men's all sizes, and children's all sizes)
  • Back-to-School Supplies: backpacks (solid colors preferred)
  • Kitchen Supplies: can openers, spoons

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.


On September 13, Netflix will release a limited television series, Unbelievable, based on 18-year-old Marie Adler's story. Despite compelling physical evidence, she was prosecuted for filing a false report of sexual assault, fined $500, sent to counseling for lying, and placed on supervised probation. Her name was only cleared after her rapist was arrested in another state for a series of sexual assaults. 

Marie's case was documented in a Pulitzer Prize-winning article, entitled "An Unbelievable Story of Rape," which was later developed into a book called A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America. It was also featured in the podcast, This American Life, in an episode called Anatomy of Doubt. 

Don't miss this tale of unspeakable trauma, unwavering tenacity, and astounding resilience. Watch the official trailer now.


Sexual Assault News, Continued

  • 'Robbed of our day in court': Accusers rip 'coward' Jeffrey Epstein in court hearing Tuesday: “Just over two weeks after Epstein, 66, died in his jail cell from what an autopsy report classified as a suicide, 23 women either spoke in court or had their statements read by lawyers in a hearing over whether to dismiss his sex trafficking indictment…Many of the accusers pleaded with the judge and federal prosecutors to pursue former Epstein associates they said aided and abetted the sexual attacks by recruiting and grooming them to fulfill his desires…'We all know he did not act alone,' she said. 'We are survivors, and the pursuit of justice should not abate’”…Read more

  • The Sisters Who First Tried to Take Down Jeffrey Epstein: “Nine years before any police investigation, Maria and Annie Farmer reported the troubling behavior of Jeffrey Epstein and his companion, Ghislaine Maxwell. No one would act”…Read more

  • Lawyers say number of accusers in Ohio State sexual abuse case grows to 300: “Lawyers for men suing Ohio State University over decades-old alleged sexual misconduct by a team doctor say the number of accusers has topped 300...‘This is, from our perspective, aside from the Catholic Church, one of the biggest sexual misconduct cases in the country,’”…Read more

  • Nearly 800 accuse Boy Scouts of failing to protect them from sex abuse as new lawsuit is filed: “A lawsuit filed late Monday against the Boy Scouts of America says hundreds of former Scouts have come forward in recent months with accounts of sexual abuse, allegations from across eight decades that reach nearly every state…The suit says at least 350 abusers do not appear in the Boy Scouts’ disciplinary files, citing that as evidence that the organization has not adequately vetted its volunteers and hidden the extent of the sexual abuse scandal”…Read more

  • Cyntoia Brown Is Freed From Prison in Tennessee: “Cyntoia Brown, who served 15 years of a life sentence for killing a man who had picked her up when she was a teenage trafficking victim, was released from a Tennessee prison on Wednesday…Ms. Brown’s legal team said in a statement on Monday that Ms. Brown was declining interview requests immediately after leaving prison. ‘I look forward to using my experiences to help other women and girls suffering abuse and exploitation,’ she said in the statement”…Read more…Read related article: What If Courts Treated Young Sex Trafficking Victims Like Cyntoia Brown as People, Not Perpetrators?

  • ‘You Are Not Alone’: Supporters Break Ground On Nation’s 1st Sexual Assault Survivors Memorial In Minneapolis: “The victim-survivor pushed for the project after hearing from others who echoed ‘me too.’ It took four years of courage, sacrifice and fundraising to get to this day. ‘This memorial is a community response to sexual violence, rape culture and injustice. It will be a place for truth-telling, a place that validates our experiences, our suffering and our courage,’ Super said”…Read more

  • Yale failed to stop professor who sexually assaulted students over decades, report says: “A Yale professor sexually assaulted five students over decades, according to a report commissioned by the university, which had investigated the professor’s behavior in 1994 but failed to stop him. D. Eugene Redmond was a professor of medicine before he retired from the university in 2018 while facing disciplinary action…In a 54-page report summarizing six months of investigations and 110 witness interviews, Daly said Redmond assaulted at least five students in a bedroom he required students to share with him at a research facility on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts”…Read more

  • Why it took Ashley Wagner a decade to talk about her sexual assault: “Wagner told USA TODAY Sports that she was 17 when pairs skater John Coughlin kissed and groped her without her consent in June 2008…Coughlin died by suicide Jan. 18, one day after receiving an interim suspension from the U.S. Center for SafeSport. USA TODAY Sports, citing a person with knowledge of the situation, reported in January that there were three reports of sexual assault against Coughlin”…Read more


Domestic Violence News

  • The men behind the US's deadliest mass shootings have domestic violence — not mental illness — in common: “According to the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety, the majority of mass shootings in the US are in some way related to domestic or family violence. A 2018 Everytown report indicates that in at least 54% of mass shootings, the perpetrator also shot a current or former intimate partner or family member. A former classmate of Connor Betts, the shooter behind the Dayton, Ohio, shooting told CNN that Betts kept a ‘rape list’ for girls and a ‘kill list’ for boys. Another former classmate said Betts would talk about violence and use harsh language about women. On Sunday, Betts shot his own sister dead”…Read more


Parents' & Youth Service Providers' Section

  • October is National Bullying Prevention Month: "Get involved in this month-long campaign uniting a nation to take action at the local level to prevent bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion in schools, communities, and online. Learn more about what you can do. Register your school or organization as a Champion Against Bullying. Color our virtual world with a collection of downloadable promotional images. Download, print, and share the flyer with your school, organization, or community. Coordinate a Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying in your community. Plan for Unity Day: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019"

  • How To Raise An Upstander: “‘Parents can reinforce what the school is teaching and do it in an ongoing way,’ said Borba. ‘They can establish family expectations like, ‘In this house, we’re helpful, not hurtful. In this house, you don’t just sit back when something is wrong. You say something’”…Read more

  • Not In Our Town's online Stop Hate Action Kit for Schools "provides practical tools and strategies to help administrators, faculty, and parents prevent, respond to, and lead ongoing action to address bullying, hate, and bias incidents and reinforce core values of inclusion, respect, and safety for all." Check it out!

  • Equating Black Girls With Bad Attitudes Is Not the Answer: “At a community meeting, she announced that after a lot of deep reflection and discussion about the criminalization of Black girls, she and her faculty would no longer punish their students for having a 'bad attitude.' She had noticed that responding to her mostly African American student body with exclusionary discipline was only contributing to the harm these girls were experiencing. Instead, she developed a school discipline continuum that included mentoring, positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), restorative conferencing, and an advisory program that starts girls off each day by promoting their self-worth, communication skills, and goal-setting. Only if absolutely necessary — after everything else had been explored and exhausted — were suspensions used as a last-resort intervention. Ms. Patton and her team were committed to doing everything they could to avoid punishing girls in a way that would make future contact with the juvenile court or criminal legal system more likely”…Read more

  • The growing crisis of homeless kids: “Priority Spokane put a community health worker in each of the three schools, and it was that person's job to identify kids whose families were in danger of losing their housing...The workers connected families with existing social services, but they also had a fund to help families out of financial tight spots. In one case, Oelrich says a $72 car repair meant a parent could keep commuting to work and keep paying the rent…Of all the families they worked with in the first year, 78 percent kept their housing. Oelrich says that on average, it cost less than $1,000 to keep each family in its home for a couple of years. ‘And that's versus if a family becomes homeless, the thousands of dollars that we're paying to rehouse them,’ Oelrich says. ‘So we absolutely know that we save money housing folks. There's no doubt’”…Read more



  • End Tech AbuseBreak the Cycle and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault are proud to announce their partnership and development of eTAG (End Tech Abuse Across Generations) which addresses the use/misuse of technology in sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking (including cyber stalking). eTAG will serves as a National Resource Center on Tech (technology) abuse and aims to reach youth, adults, and professionals in the field of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking. Visit www.endtechabuse.org to join access the full resource toolkit.

Thank you to everyone that visited our booth and painted rocks at the Sauk County Generosity Fair on August 10, and thank you to Thrivent for inviting us!

Thank you to the Juneau County Tavern League for your continued support of Hope House. Pictured are Abbey and Whitney of Hope House, Tuna of Juneau County Tavern League, and Anna of Hope House.

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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