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Have you heard? Hope House is hiring a full-time Community Educator and a full-time Client Advocate (Legal Focus). For more information, see our Career Opportunities page. Please share with anyone that may be interested.
Hope House is helping to organize a Community Resources Panel on January 21 from 11:30am-1pm at Trappers Turn Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells. Panelists will include staff from health and human services, law enforcement, prosecution, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Hope House, Ho-Chunk, and a faith community. Panelists will discuss how their agency acts as a resource to the community, especially as it relates to responding to and preventing abuse and violence. There will be time for Q&A. Cost is $15 to attend. For more information and to register, click here. Hope you can join us!
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, clothes (except for sweatshirts and sweatpants), shoes, TVs, bar soap, hats, scarves or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. Current needs include
- Bathrooms: Toilet paper, Deodorant, Small garbage cans with bags, Nail clippers, Toilet bowl cleaner, Cleaning supplies such as Lysol disinfecting spray and floor cleaner, Clorox wipes, Hairspray, Bleach, Bathroom rugs and bath mats
- Kitchen: Dishwasher soap, 13-Gallon garbage bags, Paper towels, Silverware, Pots and pans, Brush for cleaning bottles, Fruit juice, Sip cups, Milk, Saran wrap, Aluminum foil
- Laundry: Poweaundry detergent, Dryer sheets, Fabric softener sheets
- Clothing for Women and Kids: Winter boots, Socks, Women’s underwear, Medium-Large size pajamas, Sweatshirts and sweatpants
- Misc: Baby wipes, Band-Aids, Diapers and pull-ups, Pocket-sized calendars, Strollers, Baby bottles, Umbrellas, Hangers, Weather radio, Journals, Exercise balls, Yoga/exercise DVDs, Relaxation CDs, Baby thermometer, CD players, Regular light bulbs, New twin bed sheets
Special Note about Travel-Size Items: 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. If interested in donating towards this project, please contact Becky Hovde at 608-963-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the Signs & Speak Out:
Become an Upstander
See the Signs & Speak Out is a series of free, online bystander intervention training tools related to domestic violence and sexual assault. The areas of focus include the following:
Please call Hope House at 608-356-9123 if you would like the in-person training offered free of charge at your business, school, church, or community group.
One Billion Rising comes from the World Health Organization's statistic that 1 in 3 women in the world will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, equaling about one billion women. The theme for the third annual One Billion Rising campaign is revolution - one billion women, men, and children demanding change to end violence against women and girls.
How will you rise? What represents your revolution? It can take many forms. Here are just a few ideas:
- Learn One Billion Rising's "Break the Chain" dance and perform it at your school, church, or community group. Hope House can help you learn it or you can learn the choreography yourself here.
- Get together with some friends and family and create artwork that illustrates a world free of violence and what it will take to get us there. Ask your school's art teacher to make this a class project.
- Create signs that say "I'm rising because..." or "Change can happen if..." and take photos of people in your community holding the signs with their individual responses.
- February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Get the teens in your life involved with leading a project that promotes healthy relationships and violence prevention.
Please contact Hope House at 608-356-9123 if you'd like to get involved this February.
National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month
January 19-23 is No Name-Calling Week
News & Research
Campus Sexual Assault
- Positive Role Models, Safe Communities Linked To Better Mental Health For Poor Teens: "Rather, a combination of having positive adult role models and a favorable perception of their neighborhood made a teen more likely to report better mental health"...Read more
- Mean Boys' Rule in Middle, High School, Study Finds: "The study tracked 620 students in six northeast Georgia school districts who completed yearly surveys as they progressed from grade six to 12. In every grade, boys were more likely than girls to use relational aggression"...Read more
- How Witnessing Violence Affects a Child, and How to Help: "It takes time to process a traumatic event, she said, and that timeline is different for every person. My son was likely bringing up what happened because he’d hit a new developmental phase, and he was revisiting the attack 'but seeing it in a different way,' she said. So what should we do? 'Be open to talking, and validate the experience'"...Read more
- Nearly Half of U.S. Kids Exposed to Traumatic Social or Family Experiences during Childhood: "Among children with two or more adverse experiences who already have a chronic condition requiring regular doctor visits, those who had learned and showed even the one aspect of resilience evaluated in the study were 1.5-times more likely to be engaged in school and nearly half as likely to repeat a grade in school compared to those who had not learned this skill...Some of the most promising methods involve simple breathing techniques as well as so-called 'trauma-informed' care and community approaches growing in popularity all across the country"...Read more
Move to End Violence: Building Inclusive Racial and Gender Justice Movements #BlackLivesMatter #FreeMarissa #WhyWeCantWait: "Move to End Violence and its Movement Makers have come together to stand with the hundreds of thousands in our country and millions around the world to assert that our lives and liberation are connected and inextricable. #BlackLivesMatter. We stand with these leaders and ask you to join us in advancing inclusive racial and gender justice movements now. Black women and girls, alongside the black men and boys in their communities, deserve safety and visibility. #blacklivesmatter #freemarissa #whywecantwait"...Watch the video here...Read their full statement here
UN Women's 2014 Gender Equality Timeline: "From the passing of one of the Arab region's most progressive constitutions enshrining women's rights to changes in legislation to provide long overdue redress to wartime survivors of sexual violence, this year there was a number of gender equality achievements, milestones and noteworthy moments from around the world to celebrate. We invite you to take a moment to view a selection of some of these achievements in the latest edition of our interactive timeline — Gender Equality: The Year in Review 2014."
The Respect Challenge Winners: Futures Without Violence has announced the winners of their Respect Challenge where people share who taught them about respect. Check out the winning entries here.
Register now for the 19th annual Fulfilling the Promise Conference. The 2015 conference's special focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma informed care will help you take your work to another level. Invited to join are partners in child welfare, law enforcement, substance abuse, mental health and other fields who want to learn how childhood experiences impact lifelong well-being, how ACEs can lead to negative outcomes, and how services can be improved with an understanding of the role of trauma in people's lives. For more information, please click here.
- You Are What You Wear: The Dangerous Lessons Kids Learn From Sexist T-Shirts: "'I can’t say one shirt, one Barbie doll...that one thing is not going to be a tipping point of making a difference, but it’s the culture they grow up in that, of course, socializes them...There is such a large subset of messages that remind girls that they are not supposed to be assertive or they’re not supposed to be good at science or math or reinforce the idea that how you look is more important than who you are'"...Read more
- Teaching About Ferguson: Race and Racism in the United States: "These Teaching Tolerance resources can help spur much-needed discussion around implicit bias and systemic racism, but they can also empower your students to enact the changes that will create a more just society"...Check out the resources here
- How To Talk To Boys About Sex And Consent: "Given recent stories about violence against college women, what should parents say to college-age sons? NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with author Rosalind Wiseman about guiding boys through adolescence"...Read or listen to the interview
- Adolescent Health in Wisconsin: "The Office of Adolescent Health has combed through adolescent health information and recently updated our state and national summaries of adolescent health and behavior...You will find OAH fact sheets on five health areas" including reproductive, mental, and physical health and nutrition, substance abuse, and healthy relationships. Read the Wisconsin data sheets.
- Teen Dating Violence Resources: Check out this webpage, recommended to Hope House from a parent, which lists various resources on teen dating violence for teens, their friends, parents, and educators.
- Community Resources Panel: Please click here to learn more about the Community Resources Panel on January 21 that Hope House is helping to organize with the Faith Leaders for Healthy Relationships committee.
- January is National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month: The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center (IPJC) has compiled a prayer service, information on starting an awareness vigil, and other resources related to human trafficking awareness: "IPJC acts for justice in the church and in the world. IPJC is sponsored by 18 religious communities and collaborates with Catholic, ecumenical, interfaith and other organizations in carrying out this mission." The Samaritan Women also has resources on their anti-human trafficking pages: "