Friday, April 22, 2016

April is Sexual Assault Month

National Denim Day

Join Columbia County Health and Human Services by standing up for an end to sexual violence. Wear your denim on April 27, 2016.

The history of Denim Day began in Italy. Click on this link to learn more:

A Married 45-year old driving instructor was convicted of raping an 18- year old student and sentenced to jail.

He appealed the sentence to the Italian Supreme Court. Within a matter of days the case against the driving instructor was overturned, dismissed, and the perpetrator released. In a statement by the Chief Judge, he argued, " Because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex."

Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same, which in turn spread to a California agency, Peace Over Violence, and Denim Day in LA was born. The first Denim Day in LA was in April 1999, and has continued every year since.

For more information on the case, visit The New York Times' coverage.  

To report criminal sexual assault, call 911, visit the emergency room or contact the following resources:

Contact Information
             Health and Human Services
                    Office Phone:

                    Mailing Address:
                    P.O. Box 136
                    Portage, WI 53901
                                                                        Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM

 Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Inc.   

     Phone (608) 257-1516 | Fax: (608) 257-2150

Contact Information
Toll-free 24-Hour Confidential Helpline:
Office Phone:
608-356-9123 or 608-356-7500
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 557
Baraboo, WI 53913

Street Address: 720 Ash Street
Baraboo, WI 53913

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tornado & Severe Weather Drill

Wisconsin State Wide Tornado & Severe Weather Drill

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be conducting two state wide tornado and severe weather drills on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The tornado watch drill will begin at 1 p.m. and a tornado warning mock drill will be issued at 1:45 p.m. Columbia County will be sounding off the sirens and weather radios just as if it was a real event. This event will conclude at 2:00 p. m. All residents of Columbia County are encouraged to participate.
As per Wisconsin Emergency Management, the county will be issuing its first evening drill to begin at 6:55 p.m., scheduled on the same day, Thursday, April 14, 2016. All of Columbia County residents will have an opportunity to practice and establish safe zones at home.
    For more information, click on the link below: