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For 30 years now, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault has been supporting survivors of sexual assault.

This unique organization, which not only provides support for victims but sponsors prevention and training services, is officially celebrating those 30 years Saturday with a major fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. at Olbrich Botanical Gardens on Madison's east side. The program includes a dinner, program and music and features speaker Loretta Ross, a nationally known expert on women's issues, hate groups, racism and intolerance, human rights and violence against women.

While the main event will be held in Madison, many homes around the state will hold their own informal dinners to mark the anniversary and raise awareness about the impact of this heinous crime.

The WCASA has been at the forefront of the battle against sexual assault, which once more raised its ugly head in a brutal attack earlier this month on the bike path near Williamson Street.

As part of the program at Olbrich, WCASA will unveil its new initiative to champion the leadership of women of color in the anti-sexual assault violence movement in Wisconsin. The organization is partnering with the national Women of Color Network in that endeavor.

Individual tickets to the event are $50 and include live jazz by Gerri DiMaggio and Friends in addition to the dinner and Ross' talk.

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Congratulations to the coalition and its 30 years of work to support and counsel victims of sexual assault. Its work is needed now more than ever.  

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