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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.

More information about the history of SAAM is online here.


All events are FREE to the public unless otherwise indicated.
  • The Vagina Monologues - An American Sign Language Performance - Friday, March 31 from 7-9 pm at Goodman Community Center.
      A benefit production of Eve Ensler's Award-Winning play, "The Vagina Monologues." The play will be performed entirely by amazing deaf actresses and conducted in American Sign Language (ASL), with interpreters. All proceeds from the event go to benefit Deaf Unity. We believe that all deaf people - adults and children - have a right to a healthy, violence-free life. It is more important than ever that those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault continue to be supported. Tickets are $15/advance, $20/day of show. Held at Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa Street, Madison). Sponsored by Deaf Unity. Click Here for more info.

  • Day of Healing: Survivors & Allies - Saturday, April 1 from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm at WCASA office.
      Featured at the Survivors & Allies event is:
      * Survivor to Thriver: An interactive, therapeutic session on poetry that promotes resilience.
      * Bent Never Broken - Healing from the Inside Out: Coping with mental illness and PTSD as a survivor of sexual abuse.
      * 1 Billion Rising Dance Class: Learn the dance for the song "Break the Chain," which is considered the anthem of the One Billion Rising movement, a world‐wide movement to end injustice and abuse against women and girls.
      * Healer Within(TM) Group Practice: learn simple and effective techniques to activate your innate healing power through gentle movement, self-applied massage, breathing exercises, and meditation.
      * Individual Reiki Healing Sessions: Reiki uses light touch to lower stress, enhance relaxation, relieve pain and increase self-awareness.
      * Massage appointments
      Registration Required. Held at WCASA (2801 W Beltline Hwy, Madison). Sponsored by WCASA. Click Here for more info.

  • 6th Annual Wrap Around the Capitol - Saturday, April 1 from 2-2:30 pm at Capitol Rotunda.
      Wrap Around the Capitol is a healing part of the finale of WCASA's Day of Healing in Madison. Survivors and Allies from throughout the state are invited to unite their voices for their own individual healing and to promote continued healing for all survivors. This event includes survivors speaking and sharing their experiences and journeys in healing. Survivors and allies physically form a circle around the rotunda inside the capitol and raise their voice to end the silence that surrounds sexual assault. Following is the "Billion Rising" dance that was created for survivors and taught earlier in the day. The dance enables survivors to use movement as a form of self-expression and to promote healing. Held at Capitol Rotunda. Sponsored by WCASA. Click Here for more info.

  • Reclaiming Our Spirits: Black Women Heal Day Community Gathering - Saturday, April 1 from 6-9 pm at UW South Madison Partnership.
      Here is a wonderful opportunity to join the healing collective! We will be hosting a screening of Aishah Shahidah Simmons' "No! The Rape Documentary," with a discussion to follow focused on how we can heal from the pain of sexual assault and abuse, as well as ways in which Black women can gather together in powerful ways to de-stigmatize seeking mental/emotional help. Held at UW South Madison Partnership (2312 S. Park Street, Madison). Sponsored by Black Women Heal UW-Madison. Click Here for more info.

  • "My Masculinity Helps" Screening - Monday, April 3 from 5:30-6:30 pm at Grainger 3180 at UW-Madison.
      Screening of the film "My Masculinity Helps." Held at Grainger 3180 (975 University Ave, Madison). Sponsored by UHS.

  • "Yeah, Maybe, No" film screening by CASHA - Cadets Against Sexual Assault and Harassment - Monday, April 3 from 6:30-8 pm at Vilas Hall, Room 4028 at UW-Madison.
      CASHA - Cadets Against Sexual Assault and Harassment - will be showing a film Yeah, Maybe, No by Kelly Kend, followed by a discussion incorporating a few guest speakers - hopefully having a few survivors talk about their experiences. Held at Vilas Hall, Room 4028 (821 University Ave, Madison). Sponsored by Army ROTC.

  • 1,000 Paper Cranes - Starting Tuesday, April 4 at Central Library.
      1,000 paper cranes were folded as a wish for hope, help and healing for sexual assault survivors. Come see all 1,000 on display for the month of April. Held at Central Library (201 W Mifflin St, Madison). Sponsored by RCC.

  • "The Hunting Ground" Screening + Panel - Wednesday, April 5 from 7-9:15 pm at Union South, 2nd floor Marquee.
      Screening of a Sundance film, "The Hunting Ground" a film exposing the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. Survivors featured in the film share their experiences reporting and their empowerment through activism. The screening will be followed by a moderated panel where audience members can ask questions. Held at Union South, 2nd floor Marquee (1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison). Sponsored by PAVE, ASM, and WUD Film.

  • Espresso Self - The Neurobiology of Trauma - Thursday, April 6 from 6-7:30 pm at PAVE Office #3147, SAC, UW-Madison.
      Join us for a discussion about the intersections of neurobiology and trauma with the UW-Madison Wittig Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Ann Fink! We'll kick off our conversation with a mini-lecture from Dr. Fink regarding the neurobiology of trauma, and then we'll talk about how this trauma intersects with sexual assault survivors and their healing process. This Espresso Self will be an hour and a half long, which means more time for conversation -- and more coffee! Held at PAVE Office #3147 (333 E. Campus Mall, Madison). Sponsored by PAVE. Click Here for more info.

  • Warming Up to Ethical Porn with PAVE & Campus Women's Center - Thursday, April 6 from 6:30-8 pm at Room #3161, SAC, UW-Madison.
      Everyone's relationship to porn and sex is complex; there is the opinion that pornography, no matter what characteristics it contains, is inherently unethical, exploitative, and sexist. However, there is also the opinion that porn, when a feminist and ethical lens is applied to it, can be a tool for empowerment. Held in Room #3161 (333 E. Campus Mall, Madison). Sponsored by PAVE & Campus Women's Center. Click Here for more info.

  • Day of Unity - Friday, April 7 from 8 am-6 pm at Lowest 1/3 of Bascom Hill.
      The visual display on the bottom 1/3 of Bascom Hill will highlight PAVE's Consent Campaign. It features the graphic PAVE will be running on Madison Metro Busses starting in April to celebrate SAAM. Posters along the hill will answer the question "I get consent by asking..." to encourage viewers to think about ways to get consent. Held at Bascom Hill (UW-Madison). Sponsored by PAVE.

  • Day of Unity-Resource Fair - Friday, April 7 from 11 am-2 pm at East Campus Mall.
      A resource fair featuring community and campus resources will be held to encourage folks walking around campus to access resource information and interact. Folks will also have the opportunity to interact with the campaign, by answering "I get consent by asking..." in a speech bubble and posing for a picture if they would like! Held on East Campus Mall (UW-Madison). Sponsored by PAVE.

  • Green Dot 5-Hour Bystander Skills Training - Saturday, April 8 from Noon-5 pm at the Red Gym.
      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. Students who complete the six-hour training will be eligible to co-assist UW-Madison staff and faculty who present one to two hour bystander sessions across campus. Held at the Red Gym, TITU (716 Langdon St, Madison). Sponsored by UHS. Click Here for more info.

  • Ally is a verb: Allyship and Bystander Intervention - Wednesday, April 12 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Red Gym (UW-Madison).
      "Ally" is a verb: a conversation on allyship and bystander intervention with LGBT Campus Center, WCASA, Rape Crisis Center and DAIS. This event is free and open to the public. College students and student leaders encouraged. Snacks will be provided. Held in Red Gym (716 Langdon St, Madison). Sponsored by DAIS, LGBT Campus Center (UW-Madison), WCASA, & Rape Crisis Center. Click Here for more info.

  • Engaging College Men to Explore Beyond Masculinity. Lunch Keynote with Marc A. Grimmett, Ph.D. - Thursday, April 13 from Noon-1:30 pm at Gordon Commons (UW-Madison).
      Dr. Marc A Grimmett is an educator, activist, and documentary film maker whose work explores intersections of race, gender, and culture in relation to the prevention of gender-based violence, social justice, and mental health. He is the executive producer, co-director, and co-writer of MY MASCULINITY HELPS, an educational documentary that explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. Held at Gordon Commons (770 West Dayton Street, Madison). Sponsored by the Men & Masculinities Committee with co-sponsorships from PAVE. Click Here for more info.

  • MY MASCULINITY HELPS: Engaging Men in Campus Sexual Violence Prevention. Evening Keynote with Marc A. Grimmett, Ph.D. - Thursday, April 13 from 7-8:30 pm at Gordon Commons (UW-Madison).
      Dr. Marc A Grimmett is an educator, activist, and documentary film maker whose work explores intersections of race, gender, and culture in relation to the prevention of gender-based violence, social justice, and mental health. He is the executive producer, co-director, and co-writer of MY MASCULINITY HELPS, an educational documentary that explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. Held at Gordon Commons (770 West Dayton Street, Madison). Sponsored by the Men & Masculinities Committee with co-sponsorships from PAVE and We're Better Than That-Men Against Sexual Assault. Click Here for more info.

  • Safety Dance & Charity Raffle - Thursday, April 13 from 8 pm - 1:30 am at Robinia Courtyard.
      It's a Safety Dance Party! Join us at Robinia Courtyard as Spirited Women take over the bar for charity. Proceeds from the $5 entry fee, raffle tickets, tips to your Spirited Women bartenders, and sales from two specialty cocktails and a featured beer will go directly to the Rape Crisis Center. RCC works with bartenders to prevent sexual assault through their Safer Bar Bystander Intervention training program. There will be raffle prizes from local business, great cocktails, local beer and a rotation of Madison DJ's donating their time and music to keep this safe dance party going. Held at Robinia Courtyard (829 E Washington Ave, Madison). Sponsored by Spirited Women. Click Here for more info.

  • "The Mask You Live In" screening - Tuesday, April 18 from 4-6 pm at WCASA office.
      "The Mask You Live In" movie screening followed by a discussion. Snacks will be provided! Held at WCASA (2801 W Beltline Hwy, Madison). Sponsored by WCASA.

  • Women's Night of Worship - Tuesday, April 18 from 7-8:30 pm at Pres House.
      Join us as we foster female community in faith. Come for coffee, painting, yoga, letter writing, meditation, music, and more! Indulge in self-care and the Spirit in one place. The event is open to the wider community. Held at Pres House (731 State Street, Madison). Sponsored by Presbyterian Student Ministry at UW Madison. Click Here for more info.

  • Kamilah Willingham, Courage Through Controversy: Standing Up to Rape Culture - Wednesday, April 19 from 7-8:30 pm - at Gordon's Commons, Overture Room.
      While the publicity around her story is somewhat unique, what happened to her - being sexually assaulted and not getting justice - is unfortunately very common. During this presentation she will use her story to bring attention and understanding to the bigger picture, exploring topics including: the insidious rape myths that cloud our understanding of sexual violence, the importance of compassion for others as well as being kind to ourselves as we challenge rape culture, and the future of the movement to end gender-based violence. Held in the Overture Room at Gordon's Commons (770 W Dayton St., Madison). Sponsored by PAVE. Click Here for more info.

  • Take Back the Night - Madison Presents: A TBTN Run/Walk - Wednesday, April 19 from 8-11 pm at Wisconsin State Capitol.
      Take Back The Night is a nationwide movement that has two goals: spread awareness about sexual assault and empower victims to take back the night from the fear that many of us feel. We will have a presentation from local community leaders and members of the TBTN team. Following our presentation, our participations will take back the night by participating in a 5k Run/ 2mi Walk from the Capitol building past Monona Terrace, and around Lake Monona. Held at Wisconsin State Capitol (2 E. Main Street, Madison). Sponsored by Take Back the Night - Madison. Click Here for more info.

  • Espresso Self - The Revolution Starts at Home - Thursday, April 20 from 6-7 pm at PAVE Office #3147, SAC, Madison.
      This discussion will be based on provided excerpts from "The Revolution Starts At Home: Conforming intimate partner violence within activist communities" edited by Chin-In Chen, Jai Dulani, and Leah Lakshmi Pipzna-Samarasinha. The conversation will center around how to dismantle gender-based violence within activist communities. The book and discussion will navigate sexual violence through and intersectional lens. Held at PAVE Office #3147 (333 E. Campus Mall, Madison). Sponsored by PAVE. Click Here for more info.

  • 7th Annual Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention - Sunday, April 23 from Noon-4 pm at Sellery Hall Backyard (UW-Madison).
      Our 7th 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. Together we can raise funds for suicide prevention and ensure that we be the difference in this effort. By participating in this year's walk, you will help increase awareness on campus and in the Madison community, and all donations received will be donated to national and local research efforts. These efforts include widespread education programs, further progress in legislative outreach, and the funding of studies that work towards preventing suicide. Held at Sellery Hall Backyard (821 W Johnson St, Madison). Sponsored by Ask Listen Save. Click Here for more info.

  • Empowerment through Movement & Song Workshop for Women - Sunday, April 23 from 2-4 pm at Hancock Center For Dance/Movement Therapy.
      Join us for an experiential workshop in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This workshop is based on the One Billion Rising movement's theme song, "Break the Chain." Learn the flash mob dance created specifically for this movement, then take time to explore your personal connection to the powerful themes of assertion, boundaries, honoring one's body, and support using dance/movement therapy approaches. It will be free of charge and open to all women. RSVP requested by Wednesday April 19. Held at Hancock Center For Dance/Movement Therapy (16 North Hancock St, Madison). Sponsored by Hancock Center For Dance/Movement Therapy & MOVING FROM WITHIN. Click Here for more info.

  • Sweat for Change - Sunday, April 23 at Dragon Fly Hot Yoga & Flyght Indoor Cycling locations.
      A day-long fundraiser for Rape Crisis Center which provides such an important service to our community. There are many ways you can contribute: 1) Attend one (or more!) of seven donation yoga and fitness classes. 2) Donate to RCC and attend one of the Intro to Chimera Self-Defense workshops. 3) Dragonfly will be donating 10% of all our retail sales from April 23 to RCC, so stop by and pick out some new clothing, jewelry, etc. Held at Dragon Fly Hot Yoga & Flyght Indoor Cycling locations in Sun Prairie, Middleton, & Downtown. Sponsored by Dragon Fly Hot Yoga & Flyght Indoor Cycling. Click Here for more info.

  • Denim Day - Wednesday, April 26.
      Join us and stand up for an end to sexual violence by wearing denim to work. Sponsored by WCASA. Click Here for more info.

  • Coming Home to Your Body: A Fundraiser for RCC with Kelly Fox - Saturday, April 29 from 1-3 pm at Bliss Flow Yoga.
      In this 90-minute class, we will explore how practicing mindfulness centered on the body can help us to move out of our thinking minds and into our feeling bodies. Class will include yoga, meditation, breath work and a lavender savasana assist! This is an all-levels class. Stay for cookies and tea after class and hear about the great work RCC is doing to empower survivors of sexual violence in our community. Suggested Donation: $15 tax-deductible cash or check donation payable directly to RCC. Held at Bliss Flow Yoga & Wellness Center, 3527 University Avenue, Madison). Sponsored by Bliss Flow Yoga & Wellness Center. Click Here for more info.

  • Chimera Active Bystander Training - Sunday, April 30 from 1-4 pm.
      Learn how to use Chimera to step in when you see harassment or discrimination. Open to all genders. Suggested donation $25. Sponsored by RCC. Click Here for more info & to register.