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With the NFL and Ray Rice saga this past season, domestic violence has been a common topic in the news, and many conversations are taking place in families, at work and on many different playing fields.

For many years, advocates for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence have argued that these types of abuse are glorified and the impacts minimized in music, television and movies. In a Public Service Announcement aired during The Grammy’s, President Obama said “It’s on us, all of us, to create a culture where violence isn’t tolerated.”  This was followed by an impassioned speech by a survivor of domestic violence and friend to the WCA, Brook Axtell, about love and being human. This broadcast moment of thoughtful awareness culminated with Katy Perry’s performance of “By the Grace of God”, bringing the crowd to their feet.

Just this week, we received an online donation that was a direct result of the viral campaign #50DollarsNot50Shades, urging people to donate $50 to an agency providing services for survivors of domestic violence and to boycott the upcoming movie “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Putting our “money where our mouth is” will be the ultimate test of whether we can effect change in what is brought to us by the entertainment industry – whether it be the movies we go to, the television channels and programs we watch or the music we listen to.

I challenge every member of our community to give thought to the entertainment choices you make, and to be a cultural change-maker by making choices that don’t support those who choose to exploit the portrayal of domestic violence and sexual assault in the name of entertainment.

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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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