Shining a Light this Women's History Month
March is Women’s History Month, and this year we know March will be full of moments of reflection, celebration, and reminders of the work that still needs to be done.
We want to acknowledge the role so many women have played in their communities over the past year and shine a light on our community partners who are serving survivors of sexual violence and working to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault in their communities.
Middle Way House in Bloomington, IN
New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center in La Crosse, WI
Centre Safe in State College, PA
Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in La Crosse, WI
Northwest Arkansas Center for Sexual Assault in Fayetteville, AR
Bolton Regufe House in Eau Claire, WI
Rape and Abuse Crisis Service in Jefferson City, MO
Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Appleton, WI
Lumina Aliance in San Luis Obispo
Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence in River Falls, WI
Aurora Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Stevens Point, WI
Embrace in Ladysmith, WI
BeLEAF Survivors in Racine, WI
Hope House in Baraboo, WI
Cal Poly Safer in San Luis Obispo, CA
The Bridge to Hope in Menomonie, WI
Center Against Domestic and Sexual Violence in Corvallis, OR
CAP Services in Stevens Point, WI
Reach Counseling in Neenah, WI
For nearly 35 years, the anti-violence movement and many of our community partners have worked to combat misconceptions about sexual assault, stereotypes about perpetrators, and prejudice toward victims.
In the early days the anti-violence movement, led by African American women and other womenof color, sponsored speak-outs, hosted forums, and distributed fact sheets correcting myths, and shifting the blame to where it belonged: the perpetrator. The anti-violence movement listened as survivors’ shared their experiences of sexual violence. (Resource Sharing Project)
The goals of the anti-violence movement have changed very little in the past 35 years. As early as the 1970s, rape crisis workers established 24-hour crisis lines, provided survivors counseling, and implemented prevention education programs. That work continues today at rape crisis centers across the country.
There are easy ways to get involved in Women’s History Month this March. You can spend time learning the history of women’s rights in America, write a note to a woman who inspires you, and support women-led businesses and organizations like the SAFE Bar Network.
The SAFE Bar Network is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) you can join the team by donating your time, talent, and money to the mission of giving everyone a SAFE Night Out, just click here.
To learn more about joining the SAFE Bar Network contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are everyday active bystanders practicing the skills to keep people safe every day. Watch their stories here, Everyday Active Bystanders.
To learn more about active bystander skills check out our blog post, Obstacles. What obstacles? 3 Full Proof Everyday Active Bystander Skills.
Interested in learning more about bystander intervention? Visit our friends at With Us Center for Bystander Intervention.