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Common Myths and Misconceptions

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It is an unfortunate fact that sexual assault and domestic violence are very common occurrences in our society. However, because they are taboo topics, there are often many misconceptions about them. Many of these myths and misconceptions create an idea that domestic violence and sexual assault are not as serious of issues as they actually are.

One of the most common misconceptions about sexual assault is that there is a great deal of false reports. However, depending upon the specific state, we usually see that false reports only make up about 2% to 9% of all reports. In fact, a large majority of victims never report the incident at all. Of the percentage of false reports, a large majority do not actually name a name. So for a specific person to be falsely accused is actually a very rare occurrence.

Another common misconception about sexual assault is that most perpetrators are strangers to the victim. While this does happen, even more often the perpetrator is a close relative. Typically, when we see sexual assault occurring in a family dynamic, there is usually a long history of sexual abuse. These cases very commonly go unreported, possibly because of how confusing the situation may be for the victim, and because the victim is likely a child.

When it comes to domestic violence, many people believe that a victim can just choose to leave the relationship. In most situations, this is very untrue. Typically we see that leaving an abusive relationship is actually the most dangerous part of the relationship. Many abusers keep their victims in the relationship by using threats of violence towards them or their loved ones, or even death, if they were to leave. Many victims have been subjected to financial abuse as well, meaning that if they leave they may have no money, no assets, and no job to support themselves and/or their children.

Domestic violence and sexual assault are far more common than people would like to believe, and it’s very important for people to be educated about what these issues actually look like when there are so many misconceptions out there.

EVENTS

Jul 11

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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Jul 28

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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