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burrell-dianaEmbrace your voice: This year’s theme for Sexual Assault Awareness Month resonates with all of us in the Philanthropy Department. Not only do we all have #MeToo stories of our own, but we hear stories of sexual assault and intimate partner abuse from WCA clients, donors, volunteers and members of the public at least weekly.  Countless stories include phrases like: “I didn’t tell anyone at first because I was ashamed.” “It was his word against mine. I didn’t think anyone would believe me.” “I’ve seen what happens on campuses – the girl is blamed and the guy has no consequences.” Or even worse: “I went the authorities and they didn’t believe me.”

We also hear powerful stories of survival and hope. Embracing your voice takes a great deal of courage after a traumatic event. I am always humbled by the strength and bravery that survivors demonstrate during their journey to safety, healing and freedom.

Since its origins, the WCA has been a safe place for survivors to heal and tell their stories. It has been the place for them to find their voices again and know that they are not alone. As more survivors realize that the sexual assault and domestic abuse they have endured is not “normal” and that people will listen to and believe them, the demand for our services will continue to increase.

We currently have waiting lists for shelter, counseling and case management services. We are endeavoring increase funding to hire more critical staff. Your continued support means more survivors will have the opportunity to participate in the WCA’s extensive programming and services so they may heal and embrace their voices again.

“I will try to be brave. If you do not feel brave today, you may have some of mine. If I do not feel brave, I will borrow some of yours.” ~ Rev. Sara LaWall

Thank you for helping our clients be brave.

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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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