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Written by Jennifer Cochern, Clinical Services Manager

July 4th is the day that American’s celebrate Independence Day, the day that represents winning our freedom from England. July 4th reminds me of the struggle for freedom by our forefathers from a system that was oppressive and controlling. It also reminds me that not all Americans are free.

Domestic abuse and sexual assault are forms of power and control over another person, a withholding of freedom. The abuse can occur in a person’s own home possibly by the person he or she loves the most. The right to choose, to express thoughts and feelings and to live one’s dreams is controlled through financial, emotional, verbal, physical and sexual abuse. This abuse doesn’t happen just once but many times over days and years until the person being victimized is just a shell of their former self.

The Women’s & Children’s Alliance exists to serve people who have been victimized within some type of relationship. Our clients are given choices as to what services might be most beneficial. They are encouraged and empowered to express their thoughts and feelings within a safe, trauma-sensitive environment. Our staff is able to serve all members of the family affected by the abuse so that healing can occur throughout the system.

Piece by piece, a sense of freedom begins to return. As thoughts and ideas are spoken aloud, feelings are expressed and decisions are empowered, the emptiness begins to fill. It fills with self-worth, belief in what’s possible and the ability to choose based on knowledge and personal preference. The healing can take place quickly or over time, there are no assumptions. As we celebrate our country’s independence, let’s also consider the independence of those we love.

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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