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CEO Update 4.23.2021

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

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every 73 seconds, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, and every nine minutes, that victim is a child. These are appalling and heartbreaking statistics, especially when you realize most victims will never report the crime. The need for us to come together and support victims of sexual assault and harassment has never been greater. You only need to look at recent local news headlines to understand the reality of victim-blaming and shaming.

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 crime and sent to prison, the ruling was later overturned by the Italian Supreme Court because the justices felt that, because the victim wore tight jeans, she must have helped remove them thereby making the act consensual.

The following day the women of the Italian Legislature protested this decision by wearing jeans to work. As news of the decision spread, so did the protests. In 1999, an agency in Los Angeles, CA established the first Denim Day in the US—a tradition that has grown and continued since.

We have had participation from across the country as individuals and organizations have accessed our Denim Day materials and can still do so by downloading posters and postcards from our website. Folks local in the area can also stop by the WCA to pick up any desired materials. Wear your denim on  April 28, help us raise awareness that there is never an excuse and never a reason for sexual assault. And it is NEVER your fault… victim-blaming, victim shaming or intimidation is never ok.

This is Volunteer Appreciation Week, and we are so grateful for all the ways that our volunteers contribute to the work of the WCA.
We have missed seeing our volunteers in person over the last twelve months and are excited to have some eager folks trickling back in to help. Gradually, as our WCA team and volunteers have received their COVID vaccinations, we have been able to welcome some of our volunteers back to support our work with their time and assistance. In addition to welcoming some long-time childcare volunteers back into our facility, we are grateful to the volunteers that have dedicated many hours to assembling ribbons and kits for the upcoming Denim Day event.

 

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Aug 25

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WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02

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SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

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Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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