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Common Myths and Misconceptions

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It is an unfortunate fact that sexual assault and domestic violence are very common occurrences in our society. However, because they are taboo topics, there are often many misconceptions about them. Many of these myths and misconceptions create an idea that domestic violence and sexual assault are not as serious of issues as they actually are.

One of the most common misconceptions about sexual assault is that there is a great deal of false reports. However, depending upon the specific state, we usually see that false reports only make up about 2% to 9% of all reports. In fact, a large majority of victims never report the incident at all. Of the percentage of false reports, a large majority do not actually name a name. So for a specific person to be falsely accused is actually a very rare occurrence.

Another common misconception about sexual assault is that most perpetrators are strangers to the victim. While this does happen, even more often the perpetrator is a close relative. Typically, when we see sexual assault occurring in a family dynamic, there is usually a long history of sexual abuse. These cases very commonly go unreported, possibly because of how confusing the situation may be for the victim, and because the victim is likely a child.

When it comes to domestic violence, many people believe that a victim can just choose to leave the relationship. In most situations, this is very untrue. Typically we see that leaving an abusive relationship is actually the most dangerous part of the relationship. Many abusers keep their victims in the relationship by using threats of violence towards them or their loved ones, or even death, if they were to leave. Many victims have been subjected to financial abuse as well, meaning that if they leave they may have no money, no assets, and no job to support themselves and/or their children.

Domestic violence and sexual assault are far more common than people would like to believe, and it’s very important for people to be educated about what these issues actually look like when there are so many misconceptions out there.


Sep 29


Domestic Violence Awareness Month – 2023

Domestic Violence Awareness Month October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the WCA will be holding a joint press conference on September 29 at the Idaho Peace Officers’ Memorial at 10am. The WCA and other Domestic Violence service providers will be on site with information and awareness raising materials for our community members. Elected officials […]

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Oct 01


Sue B Stroll and 5K October 1, 2023

Join us for the 14th annual SueB 5k  and  3k  Urban  stroll  for  Every-Body Continuing to honor the memory of Susan “SueB” Newby, the 14th annual SueB 5K Fun Run will kick off on Sunday, October 1st at 12 noon at Julia Davis Park. You can sign up to participate here with 5K registration starting at $25. […]

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Oct 01


SueB 5k and Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt October 1, 2023

Join us for the 14th annual SueB 5k and 3k Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt for EveryBODY! The 14th annual SueB 5k and 3k Scavenger Hunt will be on October 1, 2023 and we hope you can join us! We invite you to join us to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of […]

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Oct 18


Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 18, 2023 from 6 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 18 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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Dec 14


Concert for Cause

Mark you calendars for 2023 Concert for Cause – December 14th Thursday, December 14th 94.9 The River is excited to present headlining artist Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness with Michigander and Arlie for their 2023 Concert for Cause benefitting the WCA! Join us at The Knitting Factory Concert House in Bodo for an evening of […]

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