Towards Thriving Cover

April 16, 2019

Sexual Assault Awareness Month provides multiple pathways for raising awareness on our culture and social norms that create the conditions for sexual assault – from addressing the objectification of girls and women’s bodies through Denim Day on Wednesday, April 24th to What Were You Wearing displays aimed at addressing misconceptions and stigma to the national campaign I ASK elevating the conversation about consent – listening to and accepting the answer without pressuring someone to change their mind.

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and through the summer, the Idaho Coalition will be expanding the conversations by raising awareness on the ways our culture has been organized around gender –much like other social identities like race, ability, class, and sexuality.

Historically, gender has been used to reinforce pre-assigned or rigid roles, such as who cares for children or who provides financially for our families. When we devalue girls, women, trans and gender nonconforming people, we create the conditions for gender violence – sexual assault or abuse – to occur.

The All Bodies, All Genders campaign aims to transform our culture by redefining what gender means to each us and by valuing all bodies and all genders in our diverse communities. We can interrupt and end all forms of domination, oppression, and violence and create communities where everyone is safe, everyone is valued, and everyone can thrive.

Order these FREE All Bodies, All Genders posters featuring illustration by Idaho teen artist Ashley Dreyfus, information cards, and vinyl cling stickers and be part of the transformative culture shift in your community. Every community is different, so assess which audience these materials are best for – high school, college/young adult, or the general community.

2019 | All Bodies, All Genders – Poster Series

The All Bodies, All Genders information card provides information on the differences between gender expression, gender identity, attraction, and sex. What we know is that gender is much more diverse and fluid than any of us can fully understand. What if we imagined gender beyond the binary of men and women and embraced the infinite possibilities for our human experience.

The card also includes individual and paired activities, such as a self-reflection activity: How we can authentically be ourselves, whole and complete human beings that are not restricted by assumptions, stereotypes or biases based on gender? When you feel recognized and valued, does that make it easier for you to share that same compassion with others?

At the end of April, we will be sending each program a survey to collect stories of everyone’s efforts and will share the results with all of you. Look for that link at the end of April!


Child Marriage in Idaho

Idaho has one of the highest rates of child marriage per capita. While we were not successful this year in passing legislation to prohibit child marriage, we are thankful for the continued advocacy work of Teena McBride, Executive Director of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Center, an Idaho survivor and activist against child marriage Angel McGehee, Representative Melissa Wintrow, the bill’s sponsor and champion, and Annie Hightower, Director of Law & Policy to reverse these harmful policies. Last week, Teena, Angel, and Annie were recently featured in Al Jazeera, an international media source, speaking out about the harms of child marriage.

Piece of Hope Fundraising and Awareness Campaign

Piece of Hope - WCACongratulations to the Women’s & Children’s Alliance and the five other participating domestic and sexual violence programs on the launch of the “Piece of Hope” fundraising and awareness campaign during the month of April at all Stinker locations in Idaho. This is the second collaboration between Stinker Stores and six domestic violence victim service providers. In 2018, Stinker customers raised over $139,000 that directly supported services and programming for children impacted by domestic and/or sexual violence in Idaho communities.

Training & Events

Annual Idaho Prevention and Support Conference
Idaho Department of Education
April 18th-19th | Sun Valley, ID

The Annual Idaho Prevention & Support Conference is a gathering focused on innovation, best practices, collective problem-solving, and motivation to most effectively address youth risk behaviors, foster optimal health, and support academic success for Idaho students.

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Idaho Safety & Resilience Conference
June 6th and 7th | The Riverside Hotel | 2900 W Chinden Blvd Boise, ID

Idaho Safety & Resilience Conference is a two (2) day multi-disciplinary conference for professionals working in the area of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, investigations, interviewing, assessment, and neglect.

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Intermountain Fair Housing Council | Statewide Training Events

Fair Housing Training | Idaho Falls, ID
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 8:30am-4:30pm
Colonial Theater, Idaho Falls Idaho
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Fair Housing Training | Moscow, ID
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:30am-4:30pm
Moscow, Idaho
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Fair Housing Training | Lewiston, ID
Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:30am-4:30pm
Lewiston, Idaho
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Fair Housing Training | Coeur d’ Alene, ID
Fall Date To Be Determined
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
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Community Members, Housing Providers, Advocates, Government Personnel, and Attorneys encouraged to attend.

Idaho Coalition Store Materials

Engaging Voices Website StoreReminder that shipping for all material orders made by Programs on the Idaho Coalition website store is FREE of cost, please use the below coupon for all orders.

Visit the online store to view current Idaho Coalition materials available for order. For store questions, please contact Lacey Sinn.

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