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April Sexual Assault Awareness & Child Abuse Prevention Month

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, National Day to End Sexual Violence:  Show your support by wearing a teal ribbon this month. By working together to end sexual violence in our community we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights, and social justice issue. To request ribbons call The Women’s Community.

Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30, 2014, It's Time....To Read About It! The Marathon County Public Library will showcase books on display all month long that will help educate how child abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking impact lives. Sharing a good book is a great way to open up a dialogue. Encourage your book group to read one of these books during the month of April or sometime throughout the year. If you’re looking for a way to approach the subject of healthy adolescent sexuality and engaging youth there are a variety of books to choose from. Play a role in promoting a healthy foundation for relationships, development and sexual violence prevention.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8:00 am – 1:00pm, Denim Day Display: Denim created by survivors will be on display on campus along with an information booth. Hosted by Human Services Club, North Central Technical College, 1000 W. Campus Dr., Wausau, WI.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:30pm, Award Ceremony Outstanding Achievement in Supporting Sexual Assault Victims: Show your support in recognizing outstanding community members for their dedication to supporting survivors of sexual abuse. Please join us to applaud the recipients. Light refreshments will be served. University of Wisconsin Marathon County Campus, 518 S. 7th Ave., Wausau, WI, Terrace Room.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:30pm, The Invisible War: From Oscar®-and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem—today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. It exposes the epidemic of sexual assault in the military – one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, a story the filmmakers are proud to be breaking to the nation and the world. Join us for a free screening of this film, hear from panel members that include representatives from the WI National Guard as to how the military is responding to sexual assault by establishing a Special Victims Unit, a local therapist, and Advocates from The Women's Community on what services are available locally. Hear about the latest legislation and what you can do. The Invisible War is a call for our civilian and military leadership to listen and to act. The program is sponsored by UWMC Women's Initiative Committee and The Women’s Community. Free and open to the public. College level classrooms and/or students are encouraged to attend. University of Wisconsin Marathon County Campus, 518 S. 7th Ave. Wausau, WI, Main Building Theatre.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Denim Day: A symbolic gesture –Denim Day is an international protest responding to the Italian Supreme Court's overruling of a rape conviction in 1999. Although the assailant had been found guilty at trial, the Supreme Court argued that because jeans are difficult to remove, the assailant couldn't have done so without the victim's help. Sounds outrageous, yet all over the world, women and men who are victims of sexual assault continue to be disbelieved and accused of causing the assault due to their behavior…or fashion sense. Community members, schools, and companies are encouraged to wear jeans on this day as it is also Administrative Professionals Day in support of survivors and bringing awareness to the issue. Display 10:00am–2:00pm University Wisconsin Marathon County Campus, 518 S. 7th Ave, Wausau, WI, Union.

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00am – 12:00pm Survivors and Allies Task Force Meeting, Voices of Courage, and the 3rd Annual Wrap Around the Capitol are all part of a bigger picture: to celebrate and share strength, vision, and wisdom during a variety of breakout sessions such as Art Therapy, healthy boundaries, dance and opportunities to network. Voices of Courage luncheon will recognize the work being done across Wisconsin. Wrap Around the Capitol and encircle the Capitol to show our support for survivors of sexual violence. For more information: www.wcasa.org/pages/events or contact Jessica at 715-842-5663. These events are held at the Masonic Center 301 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI.