Sexual Violence Prevention

Sexual violence happens in every community. Victims are never to blame.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Together, we can build safe online spaces.

Check out these prevention resources from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) on preventing online harassment and abuse, keeping kids safe online, and digital consent and boundaries.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month - We can build safe online spaces


Newly released: Sexual Violence Prevention Infographics

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Sexual violence impacts everyone, but disproportionately affects people in marginalized communities.

In Wisconsin:
  • Nearly one in five high school students (19.9%) reported that someone has forced them "to do sexual things they did not want to do." (Youth Risk Behavior Survey)
  • 43.4% of LGBT students have experienced sexual assault or coercion. (Youth Risk Behavior Survey)
  • One in three women and one in six men have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime. (National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey)
  • 90% of victims know the person who assaulted them. (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)

Adult woman with hand in front of face with Stop Sexual Assault written on it.

What you can do

  • Support victims and survivors
  • Know and practice consent
  • Be an active bystander
  • Help shift harmful norms
  • Be aware of the language you use
  • Build connections and support organization and events in your community that are working to end sexual violence

Looking for support?

You can find information on the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) website to connect with a service provider near you.

WCASA's Events page includes a list of events happening during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2021. From 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in April there will be presentations for survivors and allies.

  • April 6th: Reclaiming Sexual/Intimate Pleasure for Survivors (Speaker: Erran Daniels)
  • April 13th: Healthy Masculinity (Speaker: Jorge Vidal)
  • April 20th: Spoken Word (Spoken Word Artist T)
  • April 27th: Online Reiki (with Vaughnceli Shepherd)
Sexual violence is a verbal and/or physical act that breaks a person's trust and safety and is sexual in nature. Behaviors range from sexual harassment to unwanted fondling to forced penetration.
All are done without consent.

Sexual assault is defined in Wis. Stat. § 940.225 (Sexual Assault); Wis. Stat. § 940.32 (Stalking); Wis. Stat. § 948.02–948.11 (Sexual Assault of a Child); Wis. Stat. § 940.302 (Human trafficking).




Education and prevention programs:
Program services for survivors:
Peer-support program for LGBTQ+ youth

Mental Health America of Wisconsin's PRISM Program connects LGBTQ+ youth with trained peer-specialists to provide free emotional and mental health support and mentorship.
Online and toll-free warmline: 414-336-7974

Additional data sources:

Contact Information

Division of Public Health
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659


Last Revised: May 4, 2021