The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse is urging Congress to pass the VOCA Fix Act to prevent cuts to the Victims of Crime Act.
The 1984 legislation is the largest source of federal funding for domestic and sexual assault services in the county. The VOCA Fix Act, introduced March 4, would redirect monetary penalties from the general treasury to sustain the Crime Victims Fund.
The fund supports the services provided by more than 6,000 local organizations like CASDA that help victims of domestic, sexual and child abuse, human trafficking and drunken driving.
VOCA grants fund about half of CASDA’s annual budget, according to Jill Hinners, community engagement coordinator for CASDA.
CASDA and its community partners are inviting the public to get involved in a variety of Sexual Assault Awareness Month events in April.
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Events kick off Thursday, April 1, with a conversation hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Superior from noon to 1 p.m. about sexual assault awareness. Fatima Jayoma, rural projects coordinator for the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, is the featured speaker.
Superior Mayor Jim Paine and Douglas County Board Chair Mark Liebaert will present a joint proclamation at 3 p.m. Thursday and CASDA’s sexual assault coordinator, Nicole Thole, will talk about this year’s event theme.
Other planned events include:
- "Sexual Violence Issues in Criminal Law," 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, presented by Douglas County Assistant District Attorney Angela Wilson.
- "Canary Podcase Review" sessions, noon-1 p.m. April 7, 14, 21 and 28. The series published by the Washington Post chronicles a sexual assault case from initial report to the mishandling of the perpetrator’s probation. Discussion will be facilitated by members of Douglas County’s Sexual Assault Coordinated Community Response team.
- The Clothesline Project, to honor and raise the voices of survivors, must be submitted by April 15.
- UW-Superior's Gender Equity Resource Center will host "Marginalized Bodies, Queer Consent," 4:30-5:30 p.m. April 22, to address issues faced by LGBTQ-identifying individuals.
Throughout April, the Spirit Room will promote signature cocktails in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and CASDA will highlight related information on its Facebook page. Watch Lindsey Graskey’s social media platforms for drink-making demonstrations.
To participate in the events planned for April, visit casda.org.