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From Bev’s Desk: Oscars Raise Awareness

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The Oscars this year was a spectacular night of glitz and glamour that honored the best in the motion pictures industry in 2015. It was fun to watch, particularly when Spotlight won for best picture (my personal favorite). However, there was more to the evening than simply handing out Oscars. During the telecast, the serious issue of campus sexual assault took center stage. Vice President Joe Biden strolled on to the stage to promote the White House initiative against sexual assault, #ItsOnUs, and challenged us all to recite the pledge against sexual assault. He asked that we intervene in situations when consent has not or cannot be given and that we create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported. Vice President Biden urged us to change our culture that blames victims.

He then introduced Lady Gaga who performed a memorable and impassioned rendition of “Till It Happens To You”, her Oscar nominated song about sexual assault. She was joined on stage by young women and men, all survivors of sexual assault, whose forearms revealed words such as survivor and unbreakable. You can watch the performance here. It was a powerful and poignant reminder of the insidious crime of sexual assault that occurs every 107 seconds in America.

Victims of sexual assault must be believed and supported when they bravely come forward with their stories. It is up to all of us to be members of a community who are not by-standers but who are defenders of those victimized. We offer services to victims of sexual assault including counseling and support groups. Learn more by visiting our website here or calling our 24-hour sexual assault hotline at 208.345.7273.

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2022

WCA Mission Tour

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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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