Consent 101

What is Consent? Consent is a informed, enthusiastic, freely-given ‘yes’. Sexual contact without consent is sexual assault. Sexual consent is often a hot topic in our culture, and debates of what is consensual and what is not often turn fierce. But it doesn’t have to be that complicated. Think of […]

Adopt a Child for Christmas

As we prepare for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we invite you to take time to help those in our local community. This year we have nine children that are living in our transitional housing program. All of these children have had their lives impacted by violence […]

Elks Provides Thanksgiving Meals

We are so grateful to the Bishop Elks Club for providing Thanksgiving meals for 17 families affected by violence this year! John Lammiman, Gregg Newcomb, and Steve Keef are pictured here with Wild Iris Executive Director Lisa Reel and Director of Programs Susi Bains. Jack Baker is not pictured but […]

Thankful for…

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s a beautiful time to reflect on all the blessings in our lives. Wild Iris has a LOT to be thankful for this year. Thanks to last year’s Gimme Shelter Carnival and a generous grant from the Berger North Foundation, Wild Iris was able […]

The NFL…Again?

In case you haven’t gotten enough NFL scandals recently, they thought they’d add one more to the list. The files from the assault case involving Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy were released. They include some pretty gruesome photos of what happened that night. Last year, the NFL star was […]

Thank You To Local Communities

As Wild Iris celebrates over 35 years of bringing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse to the Eastern Sierra, we would like to thank you for helping us make October 2015 one of the most successful Domestic Violence Awareness Months in the history of our […]

Alyson’s Story

Though the names have been changed, Alyson’s story is true and common of what happens in the Wild Iris offices. Alyson kept glancing up at the clock every few minutes, as most of us are wont to do on a Friday afternoon. It’s 4 o’clock and she’s finishing up some […]

Why So Many Survivors Don’t Get Help

Even When They Ask For It The answer in short? Funding. Read about how financial abuse, isolation, and other factors force abused women to rely on shelters to help them escape, and why shelters are having to turn women away because there is no room for them. This great article […]

Duggar Dilemmas

What We Can Learn from the “19 Kids and Counting” Sexual Abuse Scandal It seems that so much went wrong in how allegations against Josh Duggar, part of TLC’s reality TV series, were handled. In fact, maybe a list would help. Parents Ignored the Problem: Though the Duggar parents were […]