Community members will be asked to consider the role we all play in preventing violence, supporting survivors and promoting healthy relationships at a number of free April events organized by the Sexual Assault Coordinated Community Response Team of Douglas County.
This year's theme, "I Ask," builds on the idea that consent is a healthy, normal and necessary part of everyday interactions. It champions the power of asking - whether it be asking to hold someone's hand, to request permission before sharing personal information with others or to determine whether a partner is interested in sex.
The campaign also highlights the importance of listening to and accepting the answer without pressuring someone to change their mind.
Everyone is invited to take part in free April events highlighting Sexual Assault Awareness Month:
April 1: The University of Wisconsin-Superior hosts a T-shirt-decorating event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 203 of the Yellowjacket Union, providing space for survivors of sexual or domestic violence to express themselves.
April 2: Community members discuss the issue of sexual assault and how it affects the Superior area following a mayoral proclamation at 9 a.m. in the atrium of the Douglas County Government Center. From 8 a.m. to noon, volunteers will be staffing sexual assault awareness resource tables at a number of Superior locations, including Red Mug Coffeehouse, Big Apple Bagels and UWS.
April 10: The Wednesday Bakery at 1202 Ogden Ave. will offer teal-colored treats in recogniztion of Sexual Assault Awareness Month from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
April 11: From 4:30-6 p.m., a sexual assault awareness-themed resource fair for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies will be held at the Pope Wright Center on the UWS campus.
April 15: Watch for red flags on the UWS campus to highlight dating violence on college campuses and the red flags that may point to relationship violence.
April 17: From 5:30-9 p.m., a sexual assault mock trial, followed by a discussion, will be held in the UWS Yellowjacket Union great room. Free dinner included.
April 25: A free screening of the film "Audrie & Daisy" takes place at Vintage Italian Pizza, 1201 Tower Ave., from 5-8 p.m. A free pizza dinner is included. The 2016 documentary examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera.
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, an American is sexually assaulted every 92 seconds, and every nine minutes, that victim is a child. Of victims of sexual assault under age 18, 34 percent are under age 12.
In 2018, CASDA provided sexual assault services to 84 individuals, amounting to nearly 650 direct service hours.
Visit nsvrc.org/saam or casda.org for more information.