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

            Bev La Chance    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and, clearly, raising public awareness is of great importance.  Within the past thirty months, 388 sexual assault calls have been documented on the WCA’s 24-hour crisis line. Family Advocacy Center and Education Services (FACES) reports that SAFE nurses were called out 156 times for cases involving sexual assault. 135 sexual assault forensic exams were completed (a 17% increase over the prior year) and 21 sexual assault call outs had no exam. There has been a substantial change in the Idaho Statewide Crime Profile concerning rape. In 2014, it noted that a rape occurred every 19.4 hours, while in 2015 it had decreased to every 16.3 hours. Non-consensual sex offenses remained consistent at every 8.5 hours. In 2016, 49% of shelter residents were sexually abused as a child.

                The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that every 98 seconds another American is sexually assaulted. A highly under reported crime, sexual violence can have psychological, emotional and physical effects on a survivor. Depression is common, post-traumatic stress disorder is typical and eating and/or sleep disorders may occur. Recovery from sexual assault is a process and it looks different for everyone.

                For your information: The WCA facilitates a weekly support group, Circle of Support, for female survivors of sexual assault. It meets every Tuesday (at the WCA) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. First time participants are asked to attend Sexual Assault Orientation which begins at 5 P.M. and ends at 5:30 P.M. The group is free of charge and childcare is available. For more information regarding the group, please call 208-343-3688.

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WCA Mission Tour

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WCA Mission Tour

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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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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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Healing Begins with Hope

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