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Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

SAAM is a time to publicly support survivors, recognize the impact of sexual assault in our community, and show our dedication to ending this form of violence. Rape Crisis Center works with individuals, organizations, and businesses in Dane County to coordinate awareness-raising events and campaigns throughout April.

All events are FREE to the public unless otherwise indicated.
  • 1000 Paper Cranes Display - Thru April 30 at Central Library-Madison.
      1000+ paper cranes were folded in April 2015 as a wish for hope, help and healing for sexual assault survivors. Come see all the cranes on display for the month of April near The Bubbler room at the Central Library (201 W Mifflin St, Madison).

  • Love, US - Year-round online.
      We are a collective of sexual assault survivors and allies on the UW-Madison campus. This is a space to collect letters of support, compassion, and community for survivors. Click Here to share or read stories of healing and survival.

  • Cocktails for a Cause - April 1-30 at The Madison Blind.
      Buy the specialty cocktail - SAAM Collins - during the month of April and half of the proceeds benefit Rape Crisis Center. Support a local business while also helping to support RCC's free services. Held at The Madison Blind (601 Langdon St, Madison). Click Here for more info.

  • Donate to RCC at Orangetheory Fitness - Thru April 30 at Orangetheory Fitness Madison West.
      Orangetheory Fitness Madison West (7803 Mineral Point Road, Madison) will be taking donations for the Rape Crisis Center throughout the month of August. Click Here for info about their location.

  • Scarleteen Confidential - Saturday, April 2 from 1-3 pm at Meadowridge Library.
      Parents, want to get the real story on what teenagers are wondering about, worrying about, and doing when it comes to sex? Then come see Scarleteen Confidential! Scarleteen has been providing sex education to teens and young adults for over 15 years, and we want to share what we've learned with adults who want to know how to support the teens in their lives. Held at Meadowridge Library (5726 Raymond Rd, Madison). Sponsored by Scarleteen Confidential. Click Here for more info.

  • Protecting Your Privacy Online - Saturday, April 2 from 2:30-4 pm at Central Library Media Lab.
      Workshops will cover privacy settings for web browsers, social media, and personal computers and general internet safety tips. Held at Central Library (201 W Mifflin St, Madison). Sponsored by DANEnet & Madison Public Library-Central. Register by calling 266-6350, space is limited.

  • Wild Women of the Blues - Saturday, April 2 from 8pm-Midnight at Badger Bowl.
      Recognizing and celebrating the talent and empowerment of women everywhere--especially Blueswomen-- with Blues Singer Katherine Davis with the Cash Box Kings and special guest. Opening act is Maggie "Blues Chick" Aliotta. There is easy parking and a great dance floor. Tickets: $15 advance/$18 Day Of Show. This event is a fundraiser for MBS's Blues in the Community programs and this year's chosen beneficiary, Rape Crisis Center. Held at Badger Bowl (506 E Badger Rd, Madison). Sponsored by Madison Blues Society. Click Here for more info & to register.

  • Ending Sexual Assault at UW - Monday, April 4 at 6:30 pm at Union South.
      Join The Badger Herald and PAVE in kicking off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a panel discussion on ending sexual assault at UW. Looking at national survey results that said 27.6% of women on campus have experienced sexual assault, this conversation will address what needs to happen to change the climate on our campus. Held at Union South (1308 W Dayton St, Madison). Sponsored by Badger Herald and PAVE UW. Click Here for more info.

  • Ending Rape: A Social Change Approach to Preventing Sexual Violence with Dr. Keith Edwards - Tuesday, April 5 at 7 pm at Gordon Commons.
      This presentation helps men identify what they have to gain from ending campus rape, empowers all college students to see the messages all around us that foster a rape culture on campus and in society at large, and challenges us to confront and intervene in the rape culture. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the concepts of consent and the mis-education that our culture socializes us into around hooking up and having sex. Strategies are offered that will allow participants to play a part in ending rape according to their own comfort levels. Held at Gordon Commons (770 W Dayton St, Madison). Sponsored by UHS EVOC.

  • Sweat For Change To Benefit the Rape Crisis Center - Saturday, April 9 from Noon-5 pm at Dragonfly Hot Yoga and Flyght Indoor Cycling locations.
      Attend one (or more!) of ten yoga and fitness classes and 100% of your donation will go to the Rape Crisis Center of Dane County. Each donation class gains you entry to one of the Intro to Chimera Self Defense classes we are also holding that day. Held at Downtown, Fitchburg, and Middleton Dragonfly locations, as well as the Junction Road Flyght location. Sponsored by Dragonfly Yoga & Chimera Self-Defense. Click Here for more info & to register.

  • Survivors and Allies Task Force Gathering - Saturday, April 9 from 9 am-1:30 pm at Madison Concourse Hotel.
      Come join survivors and allies to promote healing and advance social change in Wisconsin. Held at Madison Concourse Hotel (1 W Dayton St, Madison). Sponsored by WCASA. Click Here for more info & to register.

  • Wrap Around the Capitol - Saturday, April 9 at 2 pm in the Capitol Rotunda - Wisconsin State Capitol.
      Survivors and allies encircle the capitol to show our support for survivors of sexual violence in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Held at Capitol Rotunda (2 E Main St, Madison). Sponsored by WCASA. Click Here for more info.

  • One Billion Rising Flash Mob - Saturday, April 9 at 2:15 pm in the Capitol Rotunda - Wisconsin State Capitol.
      Join Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault in supporting a statewide group of sexual assault survivors and their allies. To support all survivors of sexual assault, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender identity or sexual orientation. To call for an end to a culture of sexual violence. Public rehearsals around Madison will be held in early April. Email Dianne for more info at movingfromwithin@gmail.com. Held at Capitol Rotunda (2 E Main St, Madison). Sponsored by Moving From Within.

  • Crafting for Hope, Help & Healing - Monday, April 11 from 5-7 pm at DreamBank.
      Decoupage plant pots for Spring - perfect craft for anyone from kids to adults, and led by RCC's youth counselor/craft genius: Eilis! Tissue paper and planter ARE provided, bring magazines or pictures you'd like to decoupage on your planter to make it your own. Tickets for this family-friendly event are free, but donations can be taken at the door for the Rape Crisis Center in honor of April and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Held at Dreambank-American Family Insurance (1 North Pinckney Street, Madison). Only 60 tickets available! Click Here for more info & to register.

  • "Yeah, Maybe, No" Film Screening & Panel - Monday, April 11 at 6:30 pm at Masley Media Room, Red Gym.
      "Yeah Maybe, No" is a story that cuts through the anger and fear that surrounds sexual violence to let a survivor tell his story in his own words. Join UHS EVOC and the LGBT Campus Center for a community viewing of the documentary, followed by a panel and discussion. Held at Masley Media Room, Red Gym (716 Langdon St, Madison).

  • EVOC Coordinating Council presentation: Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition - Wednesday, April 13 from 1-3 pm at 4th Floor Hearing Room SAC.
      MIWSAC strives to create awareness and build resources in their communities statewide to influence social change and reclaim their traditional values as Native women. Join us as they present on working with American Indian/Native survivors. Held at 4th Floor Hearing Room - Student Activity Center (333 East Campus Mall, Madison, WI).

  • Sexual Assault: a MAJOR Issue - Wednesday, April 13 from 6-7:30 pm at Union South.
      Part of Pi Sigma Alpha's Big Question Campaign. Panel of campus representatives who work in sexual assault prevention with breakout group discussion. Held at Union South - TITU (1308 W Dayton St, Madison).

  • Jackson Katz Keynote: The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help - Thursday, April 14 at 6 pm at Chemistry 1351 (UW Madison).
      Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender and violence. Held at Chemistry 1351 (1101 University Avenue, Madison). Sponsored by PAVE, WUD SoPo, We're Better Than That, and UHS EVOC. Click Here for more info.

  • "Green Dot" Bystander Intervention Skills Training - Saturday, April 16 from 10am-4pm at 333 E. Campus Mall.
      This training is designed for student leaders who want to enhance their influence to address power-based personal violence in the community and learn the skills necessary to be an active bystander in preventing sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Click Here for more info. Registration required.

  • Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk - Sunday, April 17 at Noon at Sellery Backyard.
      By joining us on Sunday, April 17th in Sellery Backyard, you can help #FighttheStigma of mental illness and be a voice for mental health awareness in our community. Our 6th annual Out of the Darkness Walk serves as a bridge to connect our campus and community efforts and to strengthen the relationship between the two. Fundraiser for AFSP. Held at Sellery Backyard (821 W Johnson St, Madison). Sponsored by Ask. Listen. Save. Click Here for more info & to register.

  • Protecting Yourself and Others Online - Tuesday, April 19 from 7-8:30 pm at Central Library, Room 301.
      Workshop will cover tips for internet safety and online dating, privacy settings for web browsers, social media, and personal computers. In addition, participants will learn assertiveness technique and strategies to speak out again sexual harassment and victim blaming in online forums. Held at Central Library, Room 301 (201 W Mifflin St, Madison). Sponsored by DANEnet, Madison Public Library-Central, and Rape Crisis Center. No registration required.

  • Shop Hilldale for Hope - Thursday, April 21 from 9am-9pm at Hilldale Shopping Center.
      Shop at participating Hilldale retailers on April 21st and you can support the Rape Crisis Center. Participating shops include Anaala Salon & Spa, Gigi's Cupcakes, Lush, Pure Barre, ULLA Eyewear, University Book Store and more! Click Here for more info.

  • "Green Dot" Bystander Intervention Skills Training - Friday, April 22 from 9am-3pm at Location TBD.
      This training is designed for student leaders who want to enhance their influence to address power-based personal violence in the community and learn the skills necessary to be an active bystander in preventing sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Click Here for more info. Registration required.

  • "The Hunting Ground" Film Screening & SAAM Speakers - Friday, April 22 from 5-8 pm at Union South.
      SAAM speakers and movie screening. Free pizza provided! Held at Union South - TITU (1308 W Dayton St, Madison). Sponsored by Army ROTC.

  • Denim Day - Wednesday, April 27.
      Join us and stand up for an end to sexual violence by wearing denim to work. Sponsored by WCASA.

  • Black Women Heal event - Friday, April 29 from 5-7 pm at Upper House.
      Join Black Women Heal and University Health Services End Violence on campus for a workshop focused on survivor healing and how we as a community can become empowered to prevent sexual violence. Held at Upper House (365 E. Campus Mall, Madison). Sponsored by Black Women Heal and UHS EVOC. Click Here for more info.

  • Interfraternity Council Golf Outing to Benefit Rape Crisis Center - Saturday, April 30 from 2:30-4pm at University Ridge Golf Course.
      Golf outing to raise money for Rape Crisis Center. Held at University Ridge Golf Course (9002 County Rd PD, Verona). Sponsored by Interfraternity Council. Contact IFC President Bennett Wallander (bwallander@wisc.edu) for more information.

  • Protecting Your Privacy Online - Saturday, April 30 from 2:30-4 pm at Central Library Media Lab.
      Workshops will cover privacy settings for web browsers, social media, and personal computers and general internet safety tips. Held at Central Library (201 W Mifflin St, Madison). Sponsored by DANEnet & Madison Public Library-Central. Register by calling 266-6350, space is limited.

  • Clothesline Project Bascom Hill Display - Monday, May 2 at Bascom Hill.
      An art activism installation to bring awareness to gender-based violence. Survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking are invited to share messages of survival and healing on t-shirts that will be displayed in public. Allies of survivors are also invited to share messages of support. Display at Bascom Hill. Sponsored by ASM. T-shirts can be donated to the Associated Students of Madison on the 4th floor ASM office through the month of April. For questions, contact ASM rep Danielle Welch: dwelch4@wisc.edu. Click Here for more info.

  • Protecting Your Privacy Online - Wednesday, May 4 from 6-7:30 pm at Hawthorne Library.
      Workshops will cover privacy settings for web browsers, social media, and personal computers and general internet safety tips. Held at Hawthorne Library (2707 E Washington Ave, Madison). Sponsored by DANEnet & Madison Public Library-Central. No registration necessary.

  • "Paper Tigers" Screening & Discussion - Thursday, May 5 from 6:30-9 pm at Memorial High School.
      We invite you to join us for a screening of "Paper Tigers," a powerful documentary film exploring the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and toxic stress on struggling teens. Viewing will be followed by a brief conversation about the contents. Resources for students, families, and providers will be offered. For youth (14+) and adults. Reservations are required for seating. Held at Memorial High School Auditorium (201 S. Gammon Road, Madison). Sponsored by Dane County Trauma Informed Care Advisory Council. To RSVP or for more info, contact Charisse Bieniek at papertigersmemorial@gmail.com.

  • "Paper Tigers" Screening & Discussion - Thursday, May 12 from Noon-2:30 pm at Goodman Community Center.
      We invite you to join us for a screening of "Paper Tigers," a powerful documentary film exploring the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and toxic stress on struggling teens. Viewing will be followed by a brief conversation about the contents. Resources for students, families, and providers will be offered. For youth (14+) and adults. Reservations are required for seating. Held at Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa Street, Madison). Sponsored by Dane County Trauma Informed Care Advisory Council. To RSVP or for more info, contact Trish Grant at tgrant@ccmadison.org.