Welcome to the March 2016 edition of Hope House's Community Education E-bulletin!
Thrivent Choice Dollars
Are you a Thrivent Financial member? Hope House of South Central Wisconsin is now enrolled as a potential Thrivent Choice Dollars recipient. By directing Choice Dollars, eligible Thrivent members recommend where they feel Thrivent should distribute a portion of its charitable grant funds. Directing Choice Dollars is easy. Simply go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Hope House staff is gearing up for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we already have a few events planned to share with you. As things are confirmed, we will add more projects and events to our website.
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training on April 2 in Baraboo: Hope House is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club in Baraboo to offer a free training on child sexual abuse prevention. Using an evidence-informed approach, Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training (www.d2l.org) provides simple and practical actions you can take to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Join Robin Bariel, Prevention Project Coordinator at Hope House, as we begin Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month with this compassionate, engaging approach to child sexual abuse prevention. Training is offered at no cost to the community and will be at the Boys & Girls Club in Baraboo (124 2nd St, second floor) from 9:30 am-noon on April 2nd. Childcare is available by RSVPing to 608-356-9123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denim Day on April 27: Denim Day is in honor of a young woman who was raped by her driving instructor. He was convicted, but he appealed and the judge overturned the conviction. The judge 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. We need to start by believing survivors and not blame them for the sexual assault that someone else committed against them. Consider participating in Denim Day by asking your employer to allow employees to wear jeans on April 27 in exchange for making a donation to Hope House.
Screening and Discussion of Miss Representation on April 28 in Baraboo: Save the date for a screening and discussion of the film Miss Representation on April 28 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the R.G. Brown Theatre on the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County campus.
Empower Baraboo Film Screening on March 18 and Student-led Training in April
As part of Hope House's Rape Prevention Education sub-grant, the Empower Baraboo Advisory Committee would like to invite you to a screening of the film Straightlaced on Friday, March 18. Join us at 3:30 pm at Jack Young Middle School as we learn how gender roles are impacting today’s teens. The screening is free; snacks will be provided.
To learn more about the film, please click here. Hope to see you there!
Libby Pierce and Bethany Deyo, Empower Baraboo Advisors, provided an hour-long training on homophobic and gender-based harassment on March 3. Empower Baraboo Advisors are teens who serve on the advisory committee for the Rape Prevention Education sub-grant. We are very proud of these teen leaders for shaping safer communities! Thank you to everyone who attended and to Jack Young Middle School for the use of their auditorium. The Empower Baraboo Advisors will be hosting another training for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention – save the date, April 20th, location TBA.
February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
Thanks to everyone that helped spread awareness and prevention of teen dating violence in February. We're excited to see more schools and groups get involved each year. Please see the photos above for more information on the activities at River Valley Middle School, Ho-Chunk's promotion of Wear Orange Day, Hope House's display at the West Square Building in Baraboo, and UW-Baraboo/Sauk County's V-Day. Other activities not pictured include Empower Baraboo's t-shirt design competition, Wear Orange Day at Baraboo High School, and Necedah High School's resource table with information and a spin wheel game on healthy relationships. Looking forward to next year!
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
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 email@example.com.
News and Research
Faith Communities' Section
Registration is still open for the following trainings:
VAWnet’s Special Collection: Intimate Partner Homicide Prevention: This special collection of resources covers the scope of the problem, safety planning and assessment tools, systems’ response and prevention opportunities, and more.