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According to statistics from the state Office of Justice Assistance, approximately 5,600 assaults are reported to Wisconsin law enforcement annual. By conservative estimates, the actual number of sexual assaults in Wisconsin, including reported and unreported cases, exceeds 15,000 annually.

The face of the average sexual assault victim in Wisconsin is a young one. Over seventy percent of all victims are under the age of 15. The face of the assailant is a familiar one. Nine out of ten victims knew their assailant. Two out of ten were related to their assailant. Most sexual assaults occur either at the victim's or assailant's home.


A powerful way to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2015 and every month throughout the year is to become involved. Make a commitment to help when you see someone in trouble. Don't laugh at sexist jokes. Call your friend out when he's treating his partner badly. Always ask for permission before touching someone and understand that silence is not the same as giving consent. Raise your voice against sexual violence. "No More Silence -- Prevent Sexual Assault before it happens!" stated Jeanie Kurka Reimer, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Our Governor stated in the Proclamation "the vision of ending sexual violence can be a reality".

"We need to recognize that the first and best step we can take to help prevent and end sexual violence is to not remain silent. Give your child the clear message that his or her bodies are their own. Talk to your kids, your family, and your coworkers about respect and equality in relationships. Speak up when someone makes a degrading comment. Believe and support victims of sexual assault". To learn more, visit the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault's web site.

Denim Day:

On April 29th join people at UWM and all around Milwaukee by wearing jeans and picking up your Denim Day Sticker at the resource fair and the Women's Resource Center to create awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault, support survivors, and protest against victim-blaming attitudes. Keep an eye out for the Denim Day Flash-mob!

Stepping Forward is a 6-week, personalized wellness and exercise program for UWM Students

and is held in Klotsche Center. The program is offered by health and fitness professionals from UWM's Norris Health Center, College of Health Sciences, and University Recreation.

Stepping Forward will include a fitness program, nutrition plan, and tools for positive behavior change. To accommodate schedules, additional small group fitness training sessions will be offered at various times. Students should be currently enrolled and eligible for Norris services, and have a BMI over 30.

The program is offered on Tuesdays at 1PM from October 21 to November 25, 2014.

Please see I AM UWM video highlighting the journey of one of our Stepping Forward alumni:

If interested, go to the following website for registration:

Opening a door to weight loss for UWM students

Stepping Forward Flier Fall 2014

Letís Talk is an
exciting program for UWM students!

Letís Talk is a new and exciting program for UWM students! It provides easy access to informal and confidential support and consultation offered by counselors from Norris Health Center's Counseling and Consultation Services. Counselor consultants will hold drop-in hours at various sites around campus Monday through Thursday. All students are welcome. There is no fee, no appointment necessary, and students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Let's Talk was developed at Cornell University and has been duplicated in at least 15 campuses in the country. The program has received national recognition and been cited in the following articles: "Reaching Students Who Won't Walk In, The Expanding Safety Net, and "Eliminating Racial Disparities in College Completion and Achievement: Current Initiatives, New Ideas, and Assessment."

Examples of who may benefit from Let's Talk:
ē Students not sure about counseling and wonder what itís like
ē Students not interested in ongoing counseling but would like a counselorís perspective
ē Students who have a specific problem and want to talk it through
ē Students who have a concern about a friend and want some ideas about what to do

For more information on the Letís Talk program along with current schedule, locations and bios for the counselor consultants please click on here.

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