Welcome to the April 2017 edition of Hope House's Community Education E-bulletin!
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) & Child Abuse Prevention Month
Please see the list below for a few upcoming events; for a complete list click here. Interested in getting involved and doing a project or putting up prevention posters at your business, church, school, library, or organization? Please call us at 608-356-9123 or email us here.
Denim Day is April 26
Hope House is once again encouraging businesses, organizations, schools, and churches to participate in Denim Day. Denim Day is in honor of a young 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 and to promote what consent really looks like. We need to start by believing survivors and not blame them for the sexual assault that someone else committed against them.
Please consider asking employees to wear jeans on April 26 in exchange for making a donation to Hope House. If you’d like Denim Day buttons or flyers, please email us the amount you'd like here. We encourage businesses wearing jeans to take photos and send them to us so we can promote them on our Facebook page and in our e-bulletin. NEW THIS YEAR: Please also consider challenging other similar businesses or other businesses in your community to see who can get the most employees wearing jeans on Denim Day or raise the most funds for Hope House. Some ideas for how you can do this include sending this information to them or posting information about it in your local newspaper or Chamber of Commerce. If your business plans to participate in Denim Day, please let us know at 608-356-9123 or email here. Thank you!
Free Stewards of Children Training in Endeavor and Baraboo
Hope House is facilitating two free Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention trainings for adults. Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children is the only evidence-based child sexual abuse prevention training proven effective in educating adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This training utilizes a video, workbook, and group discussion. Light refreshments will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own food as well.
Hope House Donation Needs
Monetary donations are most needed. Individuals have the option of donating online. Please note that a portion of your online donation will go towards PayPal fees. Donations can be mailed to Hope House, P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913. We also appreciate gas cards, gift cards (Walmart, Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Kohl’s), taxi vouchers from Baraboo Taxi, and used cell phones, iPods and iPads. Please note that we are not accepting stuffed animals/plush toys, used toys, clothes (except for new sweatshirts and sweatpants), shoes, used books, furniture, TVs, bar soap, hats, scarves or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. Current needs include the following:
Children & Youth
Teens Protested Their High School's Sexist Prom Dress Code And Won: “Three of the flyers showed prom dresses with low backs, plunging necklines, and a leg slit. They said, ‘Going to Stanton Prom? NO YOU'RE NOT.’ A fourth poster shows a sleeveless gown, accompanied with text: ‘Going to Stanton Prom? YES YOU ARE. GOOD GIRL’…‘I feel like that’s just demeaning — not just to women, but to men as well. They’re not animals, they can handle themselves!’…Since it was Spirit Week, the student body was supposed to dress up on Tuesday for ‘Tourist Day.’ On Monday evening, student government president Anthony Paul announced on Twitter that Tuesday's theme was changed to Women's Day”…Read more
Parents' and Youth Service Providers' Section
Faith Communities' Section
Engaging Faith Leaders for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM): The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has designated the 2017 SAAM campaign, Engaging New Voices. One of the groups they are providing resources to is faith communities. Faith communities can be an important place for healing, connection, and growth. You can help ensure that your local church has the tools to prevent sexual violence and support survivors by checking out the resources in the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault's SAAM Toolkit, especially page 12.
Break the Silence Sunday is April 23: Join churches from across the state in recognizing Break the Silence Sunday, which has been designated as April 23 but could be done anytime of year. Break the Silence Sunday is an effort to open up a conversation within churches about the reality of sexual assault, to support survivors, and to commit to the work of preventing sexual assault. To learn more, visit breakthesilencesunday.org/2017-materials-resources. Please let us know if your church will be participating and if Hope House can help in any way. It's also a great opportunity to recognize Denim Day at your church (please see above). You can suggest congregants wear jeans to church or suggest an alternate option, such as congregants wearing a Denim Day button, which Hope House can provide, or using denim hymnal bookmarks. Churches also have the option of designating their offering for the day to Hope House. Please let us know if you have questions or if you plan to participate at 608-356-9123 or email us here.