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UWSP at Wausau to host events focused on sexual assault awareness, prevention

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WAUSAU — Several activities on sexual assault awareness and prevention will be held in the coming days at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau as part of the April Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Week.

April 22: Start by Believing Day. Start by Believing Day provides an opportunity for communities across the country, and around the world, to unify with a single voice for those who have been the victims of sexual violence. On this day, and every day, we seek to end the silence and change the way we respond to sexual assault. Stop by the Union to Take the Pledge from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and pledge to Start by Believing. #StartbyBelieving

April 23. Teal Tuesday. Show your support by wearing teal on Tuesdays. By working together to end sexual violence in our community we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights, and social justice issue. Take a selfie of you in teal and post to your social media. #TealTuesday

April 24. Denim Day. A symbolic gesture, Denim Day is an international protest responding to the Italian Supreme Court’s overruling of a rape conviction in 1999. Although the assailant had been found guilty at trial, the Supreme Court argued that because jeans are difficult to remove, the assailant couldn’t have done so without the victim’s help. Sounds outrageous, yet all over the world, women and men who are victims of sexual assault continue to be disbelieved and accused of causing the assault due to their behavior or fashion sense. Students and faculty are encouraged to wear jeans on this day in support of survivors and bringing awareness to the issue. There will be a Denim Display decorated by survivors with survivor stories at UWSP at Wausau Campus from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in
the Union.

April 25. Film screening of “The Tale.” Join us for this free screening at 6 p.m. “The Tale” is a 2018 American drama film written and directed by Jennifer Fox. It tells the story about Fox’s own childhood sexual abuse and how it affects her later relationships. It premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO. Fox is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and professor in her 40s when her mother, Nettie, calls her in alarm after discovering an essay she wrote when she was 13. Panel discussion included after the film. The screening will be held at UWSP at Wausau Campus, UW Center for Civil Engagement Center, 625 Stewart Ave., Wausau. This event is sponsored by the Student Government Association.

The panel will offer discussion surrounding memory and truth, statute of limitations and reporting, adverse childhood experiences and long term trauma, grooming and secrets surrounding child sexual abuse and what happens when a child makes a report today, and support services available.

Panel members:

  • Kristen Seidler, MS, CSAC, LPC, mental health therapist, Wausau Police Department
  • Theresa Wetzsteon, district attorney, Marathon County District Attorney’s Office
  • Jacqueline Gremler, MS, CSW, forensic interviewer, Child Advocacy Center of North Central Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Jessica Lind, program coordinator, Sexual Assault Victim Services Program, The Women’s Community

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