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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the national theme this year is “We Can Build Safe Online Spaces.” With the pandemic forcing so much of our lives onto online spaces, digital safety is more important than ever. As a parent/guardian, try having ongoing conversations with your child or teen about what they’re doing online — what videos they’re watching, games they’re playing, sites they’re exploring, and who they’re talking with online. …

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), and the national theme this year is #KnowYourWorth. Hope House wants teens to know that they are worthy of a healthy relationship. Here’s what #KnowYourWorth means to us:

You are worthy of feeling safe. Safety means feeling comfortable disagreeing with your partner and not feeling like you have to walk on eggshells around them. Safety means being able to be open and honest with your partner about your feelings and vulnerabilities without fear they will use what they learn against you.

You are worthy of respect. Respect means your partner values you…

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and Hope House would like to take the opportunity to discuss sex trafficking and the fact that occurs not only in all 5 counties we serve, but throughout Wisconsin.

What is sex trafficking and what does it look like in Wisconsin?

Sex trafficking is different from sex work. Sex workers enter the industry willingly. However, sex trafficking involves force, coercion, or deceit — it affects the victim’s human rights. Sex work is criminalized in all but one state, so both sex workers and trafficking victims can be arrested and prosecuted; even when participating in…

#PowerUp with These Helpful Hints for Talking About Domestic Violence with a Friend or Family Member.

In these times of physical distancing, victims of domestic violence are experiencing increased isolation and fear. It’s more important than ever to stay connected with your friends and family, and check in with them about how they are doing. You can ask them questions like “What is life like for you lately?”, “ How are you and your family coping?”, or “Are you able to have some time for yourself?”

Domestic violence can occur at any age and can happen no matter someone’s gender…

“I Ask” is the theme for Sexual Assault Awareness Month for 2020; image via the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM), not just at Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, but all over our nation. Last year’s national theme for SAAM, #IAsk, is of such great importance that the organization who sets a national plan for SAAM, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, decided to repeat the theme for 2020. #IAsk is about the importance of consent — whether that is asking for affection, intimacy, or even about digital boundaries, like asking to share a photo or tag someone online. Consent is an enthusiastic, mutual agreement — we…

Hope House of South Central Wisconsin

Hope House of South Central Wisconsin’s mission is to prevent abuse and provide support ​to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

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