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Stalking is not harmless

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January is Stalking Awareness Month. And many in our community experience this traumatic problem, be it from a stranger, someone they may have briefly encountered, or someone they may have ended a relationship with that just won’t let go.

Have you ever had the feeling that someone was watching you? Perhaps you notice a car while you are parking to walk into your office or place of work. Or, you see it parked outside your home, and then it dawns on you—you’ve seen the same car and/or the occupant several times during the past couple of weeks. Then one day, you walk out of your place of work, and the person approaches you and tries to engage you in a conversation—and you feel uncomfortable. Sound familiar?

Several years ago, a young woman in Idaho was stalked by a man who had been a customer of her small business. Ultimately, he violently attacked and severely injured her. Even though she had reported the stalking to the police before the attack, there was nothing they could do because she was not, nor ever had been in any relationship with him.

Or, perhaps you have broken up with a partner or ended a friendship. This can be a stressful life event in and of itself. But how about when the individual will not leave you alone: calling you and sending text or social media messages at all hours–barraging you with belittling and disturbing messages. One hopes that simply standing up for yourself and asking the person to stop will resolve this situation, but what happens even when you ask them to stop, the individual continues to send them to you, causing stress and anxiety as the tone becomes increasingly demanding.

In both of these circumstances, there is action that you can take. Thanks to the anti-stalking legislation passed by the Idaho Legislature early in 2017, you can file a civil protection order against this form of harassment. In fact, with the passage of this legislation, our court advocate team saw a 42% increase in the number of civil protection order filings from 2016 to 2017 (from 982 filings to 1,399). Just this past year, there were 1,676, an increase of 71% over 2016.

January is stalking awareness month, and we appreciate anything you can do to help us let individuals who feel they are being stalked, either in person or virtually, know that our Court Advocates are ready to provide safety planning and input on appropriate civil options that can be taken. Stalking is not harmless. It can cause unnecessary stress and fear and in a few cases lead to deadly consequences.

Call our hotline 208-343-7025 if you find yourself or someone you know in need of help. Visit the Stalking Prevention Awareness and Resource Center (SPARC) resources and tools.

EVENTS

Apr 21

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about sexual violence, assault, harassment and consent, so we can all thrive in a safe and healthy community.

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Apr 23

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: April 23, 12-12:30 […]

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Apr 28

2021

Denim Day

April 28, 2021 is Denim Day Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim blaming. Why denim? In 1992 an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her 45-year-old male driving instructor. While he was initially convicted of the […]

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Apr 29

2021

Virtual Break The Cycle Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about domestic abuse, warning signs, barriers to leaving, resources and information about supporting others.

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May 28

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: May 28, 11:30 […]

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Jun 08

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: June 8, 12-12:30 […]

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Jul 13

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: July 13, 12-12:30 […]

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Oct 01

2021

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) – which provides an opportunity to educate and engage our community and help people learn more about domestic abuse and how as individuals and as a community we can work to break the cycle of abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 4 […]

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