Senate Bill 237 was introduced this week. The bill repeals the Healthy Youth Act, which passed last session and set minimum standards for human growth and development curriculum in Wisconsin. Senate Bill 237 will eliminate the requirement that human growth and development programs include age-appropriate information about:
Please call your state legislators  and tell them to oppose SB 237.
A bill is currently circulating to protect victims of domestic violence and stalking who believe they need to change their names to escape their perpetrators. Wisconsin’s current name change statute does not allow victims to keep their new names confidential. In fact, the statute requires that any petition for a name change be published in the local newspaper three times. This requirement means that just as victims are hoping to find safety in anonymity, they are forced to broadcast their name and location far and wide.
Please call your state legislators  and ask them to co-sponsor LRB 2736 being circulated by Representative Ripp.
Three bills to protect domestic violence victims passed the State Assembly Thursday. The bills are Assembly Bills 232, 247 and 269. The advancement of these bills is due to your efforts and advocacy. Make sure your voice keeps being heard by contacting your legislators  on SB 237 and LRB 2736.
Assembly Bill 232 strengthens crime victims rights in Wisconsin.
Assembly Bill 247 ensures Wisconsin courts will have jurisdiction to issue restraining orders against abusers who threaten or harass Wisconsinites from other states or who cause victims to flee to Wisconsin because of abuse that happened elsewhere.
Assembly Bill 269 criminalizes violations of the 72-hour no-contact condition that applies after a doemstic abuse arrest. Currently, to the frustration of victims and law enforcement officers, even flagrant violations of the no-contact condition can only be punished with forfeitures, not as crimes.
 U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2001
 Halpern, et. al. American Journal of Public Health. 2001.