Thank you to everyone that got involved and helped us raise awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pictured here are just some of the events and activities that we and/or our community partners were involved with. We so appreciate your support! Let's keep the conversations and awareness going all year long!
Did you see Hope House staff's weekly guest columns in the Capital Newspapers in April? If you missed any, please take a minute to read them:
- Berry column: Teach your children about consent
Lawton column: Responses to sex assault are important
- Also see the follow-up article: Advocates encourage community to 'Start by Believing' victims
- Kaehny column: Wear denim to raise sex assault issues
- Theis column: Use your voice to stand up for what is right
Thank you to all the businesses, agencies, schools, and churches that participated in Denim Day. Denim Day is in honor of a young woman whose rapist was let free in his appeal case because judges ruled her jeans were so tight that she must've helped him take them off and thus, in their eyes, was giving consent. Sounds outrageous and yet survivors nationally and locally are often not believed or are blamed. It's great to see so many community members that are working to change that and that want to demonstrate their support of survivors, protest victim-blaming, and educate others on consent.
Pictured here are just a few examples of groups that participated in our service area. Photos and donations continue to come to Hope House. So far Denim Day participants have raised over $1,600 to help support Hope House's free sexual assault advocacy services to survivors in Sauk, Columbia, Adams, Juneau, and Marquette Counties.
Thank you for liking our page! How exciting that on Denim Day we reached
over 1,000 likes. Please continue to like, comment, and share our posts so that
we can continue to reach more people: www.facebook.com/hopehousescw.
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 used 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:
- Food: Juice, Bottled Water, Ready-to-Eat Food, Granola/Protein Bars, Individual Snack Bags of Crackers
- Cleaning Supplies: Dishwasher Detergent, Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Clothing: Flip flops, Women's Underwear (size 5 to 8, new in package), Men's Underwear (all sizes, new in package)
- Personal Care Items: Deodorant (for men and women), Hair brushes, Hand sanitizer
- Housewares: Paper Towels
- Program Supplies: CD and DVD cleaner, Electric Pencil Sharpener
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 Hivebiz65@gmail.com.
- Local: DOJ: Man dead in Columbus home following domestic violence incident, police standoff
- ‘Lovesick’ Is A Sick Excuse For A Young Woman’s Death: “Austin Rollins was not lovesick; he was dangerously, homicidally entitled. He was a young man who believed he had the right to take the life of a young woman who did not want him. And like many who have killed the people they ‘love,’ Rollins had no known history of mental illness. No wonder people who knew him said they were shocked by what he did. But none of these things ― the rage, the gun, the violence, the death ― should be surprising. Even the professed shock isn’t surprising…Our collective refusal to talk about how often school shootings are fueled by young men’s anger towards their female peers is insidious”…Read more
- The Trial of Noor Salman and Its Shocking Disregard for Survivors of Domestic Violence: “Salman was being tried for obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting her husband, Omar Mateen, who murdered forty-nine people at Pulse night club before being shot dead by police…Salman’s defense attorneys used very little of her history of abuse in their arguments, because the larger point for them was to convince jurors that she did not know of his plans before the attack unfolded. But from my viewpoint her victimhood was both entirely pertinent and shockingly disregarded”…Read more
- Domestic abuse is the new realm of concussion studies: “If a significant injury were to occur during puberty, it could fundamentally change the path to adulthood. Zieman also said some research has found that injuries sustained at different points in a woman’s menstrual cycle can alter symptoms and recovery time. Concussions can cause loss of consciousness, nausea, dizziness, memory loss, and long-term neurological problems that can cloud judgment and hinder speech…‘You can imagine what a trial looks like,’ he said. ‘If the assailant says she has a history of drinking and now she gets on the stand and it sounds like she’s drunk, the jury’s not going to listen to her,’ even though a brain injury caused the slurred speech”…Read more
- What #MeToo Means to Teenagers: “Girls, for example, are often taught to be modest and may feel flattered when boys tease them. Boys are more likely to be taught to hold in their feelings, and to be aggressive in the pursuit of a crush and push boundaries. This kind of gender stereotyping can become an indirect link to more problematic behaviors like sexual harassment, said Dr. Jeglic, and be harmful for kids of all ages and genders. If parents, teachers or other guardians suspect that children in their care are experiencing sexual harassment, bullying or abuse from their peers, she said, it’s important to validate their experience, listen to what they have to say and help them understand what happened”…Read more
- Why girls can be boyish but boys can't be girlish: “Girls have been told that they can do anything, be anything, and they largely can, without judgment. However -- and here's the catch -- that's true only if they are physically strong and career-oriented and eschew most of the traditional trappings of femininity. In short, they will gain respect if they act like boys. ‘It's about mobility. Girls who act like boys are moving up the social ladder. Boys who are acting like anything but masculine are moving down and risk losing their status,’ Kimmel said”…Read more
- After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools, Second Edition: “After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools assists schools in implementing a coordinated response to the suicide death of a student. Originally developed in 2011, the second edition includes new information and tools that middle and high schools can use to help the school community cope and reduce suicide risk. The toolkit was developed in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and in consultation with national experts, including school-based administrators and staff, clinicians, researchers, and crisis response professionals”…Learn more
- Parents Explain The Me Too Movement To Their Kids In Emotional Video: “The video, “Parents Explain #MeToo,” was published Monday and features three parents discussing the Me Too movement with their respective children”…Watch it here