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Taking Flight: April 2015

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 208.343.7025 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

April 2015

The “Small Stuff” of Sexual Assault and Language

Written by Maureen Wishkoski, WCA Court Advocate Manager

Contrary to popular advice, we do need to sweat the small stuff, because when perpetrators rape or sexually assault victims, all the “small stuff” matters a great deal.  There are terrific professionals who work with many “small stuff” details in a sexual assault case:  Medical forensic evidence collection provided by SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurses; nurses who are trained to work with victims. Physicians providing specialized care.


22 Annual TWIN Award Luncheon
On April 2, 2015, the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA) honored 50 women at the 22nd Annual Tribute to Women and Industry Luncheon (TWIN) at the Boise Centre. 

The annual Tribute to Women and Industry:

  • Honors women who have excelled in their fields and made significant contributions to industry in executive, managerial and professional roles
  • Salutes corporations whose policies and practices encourage high achievement by women and provides equal advancement opportunities for women of diverse backgrounds
  • Provides an opportunity for women to network

April 29, 2015 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? We wear denim as a testament to an 18-year-old Italian woman who was forcibly raped by her 45-year-old male driving instructor.


2015 Joyce Stein Award

Greg Bower
2015 Joyce Stein Memorial Award Recipient
This year’s award recipient has been a leader in criminal justice issues in Idaho for over 40 years.

Greg Bower began his career in public service as a deputy in the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in 1975. He became Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor in July of 1977 and was elected Ada County Prosecuting Attorney in 1982, a position he held until late last year. Ada County is the most populated county in Idaho, and the Office is the largest in the state, filing over 3,000 felony cases annually.


Welcome 2015 Corporate Pillars


Written by Lisa Uhlmann, WCA Corporate Pillar Manager

The Treasure Valley business community recognizes the value of creating a community where people thrive in safe, healthy relationships. By becoming a WCA Corporate Pillar, businesses support the life-changing journey to safety, freedom and healing for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault in our community.

The WCA’s Corporate Pillar program provides opportunities for businesses to support the WCA and its mission through financial and in-kind contributions. For 2015, 58 businesses have committed approximately $180,000 worth of in-kind goods and services and direct financial support to the WCA.


Supporting Our Clients

Micron’s Dee Mooney presents check to WCA’s Bea Black and Susan Kelley (Left and Right)

Micron’s Idaho Team Members Select Women’s and Children’s Alliance as Charity of Choice

Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the Idaho team members from Micron Technology for selecting the WCA as their Charity of Choice to support for this year. Together we can make change in our community!

Micron Technology Foundation “Charity of Choice” Program Empowers Team Members to Select Favorite Community Organization for Focused Support, Yearlong Commitment


Guest Blog Post

Written by  Omaste Witkowski

“This picture is representing the endless skies available to all of us when we choose to take flight in our lives. The orange center is the vibrants sense of being alive. The tissues of the heart and the energies of the soul mixing in such a way as to light the eternal fire inside each of us.



Is your beloved vehicle ready for retirement?   

Support the Women’s and Children’s Alliance with a tax-deductible vehicle donation to the Idaho Youth Ranch! Read more here.

Wish Lists

Our lists of needed items are updated monthly and always available on our website. New items from this list below can be dropped off at the WCA lobby at 720 W Washington St. M-F from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Non-perishable/non-expired food items
  • Boxes of tissues
  • Compact florescent light bulbs (60 w)
  • Mattress covers (twin-sized vinyl zippered only)
  • Wipes
  • Diaper Genie bag refills
  • Bibs
  • Twin bedding sets (boys and girls themes)
  • Hooded towels
In This Issue

Quick Links

The Bea Line

Bea Black, Executive Director

Every year the Board of Directors, on behalf of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, presents the Joyce Stein Memorial Award to a special individual in our community.


Susan Says

Susan Kelley, Development Director

Another Kind of Giving
In-kind donations are gifts of goods or services that are in lieu of, or accompany, financial contributions or cash grants. The clients of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, as well as the staff and supporters, benefit greatly throughout the year from many types of in-kind donations from individuals, groups and companies in our community.


From Bev’s Desk

Bev La Chance, Deputy Director

I’m a sports fan and March Madness has me glued to the games.  I had Kentucky winning it all but, quite truthfully, I was really rooting for Notre Dame – go Irish – to upset them on Saturday evening.  As I watched the games, I have viewed several It’s On Us public service announcements.  Launched by President Obama, the campaign is focused on reducing rape on college campuses.


Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendar!

Mr. Alpha Chi
April 18, 2015
Egyptian Theater, 5pm
Denim Day
April 29, 2015
All Day

 Mother’s Day at Chandler’s

May 10, 2015

Chandler’s 2-10pm

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