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An Update from the WCA, It’s April 1

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 208.343.7025 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

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Today is April 1, which marks the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Normally, some of the WCA team would be in the midst of finalizing plans for many outreach events and wonderful fundraising efforts in partnership with community organizations – as we have done at this same time each year.  However, these are challenging times for many as we learn to adjust to what is our new normal.

So, I want to invite you to join me in raising awareness using “virtual” means. Help us share information about sexual assault, the dangers of victim blaming and use this opportunity to remind your network of the free, confidential services offered by the WCA.

This week would have also marked our 27th annual Tribute to Women and Industry Awards. It would have brought together hundreds of community members, corporate supporters and many Forever TWIN honorees to honor the 48 extraordinary women—and one K-9—who make our community stronger. We also would have had the opportunity to share our mission, which is so vitally important in this moment.  

Unfortunately, due to the worldwide health crisis, as with many others events and special gatherings —we were unable to gather to celebrate. However, we are looking to the future, and are excited to come together and celebrate our 2020 TWINs on Tuesday, September 1, at the Boise Centre. Thankfully, we were able to reschedule all the celebratory events and we are now fully focused on our mission at hand.

We know that domestic violence rates are rising globally and nationally and we are seeing evidence of that starting to reflect in the number of calls we are receiving.

  • Please know that we have a team at the Crisis Center ready to assist those who need us
  • With the closure of the Ada County Courthouse to the public this week, our Court Advocate team is assisting with civil protection order applications at our downtown office located at 720 W. Washington during our new office hours of 8:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Our emergency and transitional shelters will continue to operate with trained client advocates there to support our residential clients
  • Our hotlines are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week for anyone to call from anywhere. Domestic Abuse Hotline 208-343-7025 / Sexual Assault Hotline 208-345-7273
  • Our clinicians, case managers and other program staff are continuing to support clients through telephonic phone appointments

We Are Here.

While Sexual Assault Awareness Month only happens in April, we hope that you will join us in our year-round efforts to end sexual violence. Follow us on social media and visit our website to find out more about Denim Day, outreach and awareness and other ways to get involved with the WCA.

And please know: Each day, we are evaluating protocols and our current situation to determine how to best keep our staff and clients healthy, and to provide safety. I am completely committed to supporting the staff here at the WCA and we are all working around the clock to keep essential services available to those who need us, perhaps now more than ever.

Stay healthy!

Bea

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EVENTS

Apr 21

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about sexual violence, assault, harassment and consent, so we can all thrive in a safe and healthy community.

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Apr 23

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: April 23, 12-12:30 […]

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Apr 28

2021

Denim Day

April 28, 2021 is Denim Day Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim blaming. Why denim? In 1992 an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her 45-year-old male driving instructor. While he was initially convicted of the […]

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Apr 29

2021

Virtual Break The Cycle Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about domestic abuse, warning signs, barriers to leaving, resources and information about supporting others.

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May 28

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: May 28, 11:30 […]

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Jun 08

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: June 8, 12-12:30 […]

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Jul 13

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: July 13, 12-12:30 […]

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Oct 01

2021

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) – which provides an opportunity to educate and engage our community and help people learn more about domestic abuse and how as individuals and as a community we can work to break the cycle of abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 4 […]

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