24-Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline: 208.343.7025

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24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

CEO Update 5.6.2021

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

Start by believing…

Last week was an emotional week for so many, including an amazing survivor of sexual assault who was compelled to testify against her assailant in a public ethics committee hearing at our State Capitol.

This takes a tremendous amount of courage, and the events surrounding this one survivor’s circumstance clearly demonstrate firsthand why so many victims do not come forward. The public shaming and blaming she experienced may have deterred many others. However, Jane Doe persevered. She was heard, believed and vindicated, given the decision made by the ethics committee to censure, suspend and expel the member of the House of Representatives who sexually assaulted her.

In an irony not lost on those of us working here at the WCA, the public ethics committee hearing took place on the last Wednesday in April, Denim Day—a day dedicated around the world to supporting victims by raising awareness about sexual assault and, specifically, the harm caused by victim blaming.

As we head into May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, it is even more important to acknowledge the importance of self-care and connecting to resources. For many individuals who have suffered the trauma of sexual assault and rape, please know that we are here and ready to help. Regardless of when the assault occurred, the events of last week may have served as a trigger, retraumatizing many who thought their past was successfully dealt with.

Mental health is greatly impacted by any form of trauma, and recognizing that you are in need of help is an important first step. If you or someone you know needs help, please call our 24-hour sexual assault hotline, from anywhere, at 208.345.7273 for resources or with questions or concerns. You are not alone! We believe you.

 

It is the final day of Idaho Gives, a time when we encourage all those connected to the WCA to learn more about our programs and share the information with their networks. Find your passion, and share it. We love to highlight the collaborations and partnerships we have with other nonprofits, which make up the incredible safety net of services and allows the WCA to focus on doing what we do best—providing safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. However, we know that those who come to us need more tools and resources than we house under our roof, and we are so grateful to folks like Idaho Youth Ranch, the Mini JoysIdaho Legal Aid ServicesTerry Reilly Health Services and Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County—just to name a few. We encourage you to go to idahogives.org and learn about the amazing nonprofits in our community and find something that drives you

 

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Aug 25

2022

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

2022

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

2022

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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