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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Every year during the month of April, we work hard to educate about and raise awareness of sexual assault and sexual violence, as well as to show solidarity and support for survivors. To learn more about our efforts, explore the page below.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

A Discussion on Why Your Voice Matters

April 20th, 2022

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Black River Falls Public Library

Victim Advocates from Bolton Refuge House and the Ho-Chunk Nation Domestic Abuse Division will share information about the realities of sexual assault in your community. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and take part in discussion. Join us to learn about how your support of victims and survivors can make a difference. Let us know you're coming by responding to the Facebook Event here.

Color For A Cause

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Color for a Cause started in 2015 with a BRH Intern with a dream. She wanted the community to have a way to show their support of survivors of sexual assault, and so Color for a Cause was born!

Every year during April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month), supporters can go to many area salons during the month of April and have a teal hair extension put in to show their support and to raise awareness in our community. If you are interested in having your salon participate, please reach out! 

Teal River Lights in Phoenix Park

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Thank you to all of the wonderful sponsors who helped us light up the Phoenix Park River Lights in teal for Sexual Assault Awareness Month! We are so grateful for your support of us and of survivors.

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Cups Of Care

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Every year for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, local coffee shops have helped us raise awareness and funds by placing a cup (decorated by a survivor) on their front counter, along with an informational flyer, to collect tips for our sexual assault victim services. Right now, we are looking for coffee shops to participate! If you have questions or are interested, please give us a call at

715-834-9578.

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#30DaysofSAAM

Participate in our 30-Day Challenge! The full list is posted below. Follow us on Facebook for daily updates, details, and to share your success during the 30 Days of SAAM!

  1. Write a letter to your younger self

  2. Commit to do something to help survivors of sexual violence in your community​. Here are some examples:

    • Volunteer at BRH

    • Take the SAFE Bar Training for your venue

    • Take the Stewards of Children Training to learn how to prevent CSA

    • Provide SafeDates Training for youth in your life

    • Write a letter to your Wisconsin Congress representative on this topics. Here's a great resource to get started.

  3. Wear something teal today, teal is the official color of SAAM

  4. Listen to a podcast, song, or talk about SA or are created by a survivor of SA

  5. Building a healthy relationship with yourself ​

  6. Take time for your favorite form of self-care​

  7. Try something new for self-care! Never meditated? Try it! Want to try a new form of art? Go for it! ​

  8. Read these tips on how to be a supportive person: rainn.org/TALK

  9. Find the answer to a question you have about healthy relationships ​

  10. Learn about Consent​

  11. Watch a video that uses everyday examples of consent. Here are some examples:

  12. Practice everyday consent. Here are some examples: 

    • Asking a child in your life if you can have a hug and giving them the chance to decide

    • Letting a friend know they can change their mind on what game they want to play together

    • Asking a romantic partner if you can post a selfie of the two of you on social media

    • Asking someone you life with if you can change where something is kept

    • Knocking before entering someone’s office and asking if you can enter

  13. Thank a supportive person in your life

  14. Like and share one SAAM post

  15. Take a picture with the bridge lit in teal at Phoenix Park for SAAM (or any other teal you see)

  16. Read from the perspective of a survivor of SA

  17. Learn about bystander intervention - SAFE Bar Network is a great place to start.​

  18. Learn about an important figure in the fight against sexual violence. Here are some examples!

    • Tarana Burke

    • Rosa Parks

    • Recy Taylor

    • Kym Worthy,

    • Mariska Hargitay

  19. Do you know the policies at your work or school that create protective environments and increase safety? If you don’t, find them out

  20. Breathe, just take today to keep coming back to focus on your breathing

  21. Learn a law about sexual assault. Click here to read laws by state

  22. Challenge a misconception - myth/reality

  23. Learn about diversity among survivors by reading a survivor story: https://rainn.org/stories

  24. Like or follow someone who talks about sexual assault on social media

  25. Learn about local/state officials and their work in sexual assault legislation.

  26. Track emotions for the day! Here are some great ways to get you started.

  27. Wear Denim for Denim Day!

  28. Learn about important events that shaped sexual assault awareness. Here's a great recent history.

  29. Share a statistic about sexual assault on your page. Here's a resource for finding statistics.

  30. How will you apply what you’ve learned this month for the rest of the year? Think about ways you can ensure you keep the conversation going. Here are some ideas! 

    • Follow a social media account about sexual violence prevention. (The BRH Facebook page is a great starting point)

    • Start a book club with friends where you read about the experiences of survivors of sexual assault

    • Listen to the Silence No More podcast