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Written by Jennifer Cochern, Clinical Services Manager

July 4th is the day that American’s celebrate Independence Day, the day that represents winning our freedom from England. July 4th reminds me of the struggle for freedom by our forefathers from a system that was oppressive and controlling. It also reminds me that not all Americans are free.

Domestic abuse and sexual assault are forms of power and control over another person, a withholding of freedom. The abuse can occur in a person’s own home possibly by the person he or she loves the most. The right to choose, to express thoughts and feelings and to live one’s dreams is controlled through financial, emotional, verbal, physical and sexual abuse. This abuse doesn’t happen just once but many times over days and years until the person being victimized is just a shell of their former self.

The Women’s & Children’s Alliance exists to serve people who have been victimized within some type of relationship. Our clients are given choices as to what services might be most beneficial. They are encouraged and empowered to express their thoughts and feelings within a safe, trauma-sensitive environment. Our staff is able to serve all members of the family affected by the abuse so that healing can occur throughout the system.

Piece by piece, a sense of freedom begins to return. As thoughts and ideas are spoken aloud, feelings are expressed and decisions are empowered, the emptiness begins to fill. It fills with self-worth, belief in what’s possible and the ability to choose based on knowledge and personal preference. The healing can take place quickly or over time, there are no assumptions. As we celebrate our country’s independence, let’s also consider the independence of those we love.

EVENTS

Apr 24

2024

Denim Day

April 24, 2024 is Denim Day Order your Denim Day Outreach Kit! 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 driving instructor. While he was initially […]

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Apr 25

2024

WCA Virtual 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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May 07

2024

WCA Virtual 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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May 12

2024

Closets for Cause & Mother’s Day Dinner with Chandlers

Visit Chandlers on Mother’s Day, May 12th, to support the WCA through their Closets For A Cause event! This clothing pop-up is open to all from noon to 4 p.m. and we know you will find something you love. Additionally, visit https://www.chandlersboise.com/ to reserve your spot for their Mother’s Day Prix Fixe dinner, with proceeds […]

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May 23

2024

WCA Virtual 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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Sep 03

2024

2024 Joyce Stein Award Celebration

HONORING THOSE WHO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE GROWTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN The Joyce Stein Memorial Award is given in memory of Boisean Joyce Ann Stein, a long-time supporter of the WCA (YWCA). Each year an individual who has made a positive impact on the growth and advancement of women is honored. After […]

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