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Fascilla-EmilyThis month as we talk about freedom I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the freedoms I have.  Freedom of speech, education, self-expression. Freedom to work where I choose. Freedom to dress as I choose.

These freedoms, though they may seem universal to citizens of the United States, are often obstructed by domestic abuse. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. Generally, by the time physical violence occurs, multiple instances on the power and control wheel below have already been put into place. Abuse is not simply physical violence, it is a pattern of power and control.

PowerandControl*

 

We each have the right to be safe, to choose our work, to choose our education, to choose how we handle finances, parenting, and our own bodies. But not all of us have the freedom to do so in our daily lives. Which brings me to another thing I am grateful for: you. Your support of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance helps our clients achieve safety, healing, and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. You help us provide the freedom for clients to put their past behind them and begin anew.

*Though this wheel uses gendered language, abuse can happen across all gender identities.

The Compassion Project is a monthly column by Emily Fascilla, Philantropy Specialist for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.

Fascilla-Emily

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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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