Apr 122017
 

As we look ahead to the start of a new year, we can set our sights on the 2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign! This coming April’s campaign is shaping up to be one of the biggest in scope, as the outreach materials call on new voices to join the movement. The materials listed below and much more will be available on the SAAM website beginning mid-January.

The Theme: Engaging New Voices

We can all use our voices to change the culture to prevent sexual violence. Prevention requires addressing the root causes and social norms that allow sexual violence to exist. This April we’re calling on groups whose influence can play a critical role in changing those causes and norms.

We’re strongest when we raise our voices together, and that’s why we’re engaging new groups in the movement. These groups can help the next generation foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect. These new voices will have a ripple effect on those that they teach, guide, and influence.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017 Campaign Overview

Apr 262016
 

558103_613040912055248_1990709949_nDenim Day: April 27, 2016

What is Denim Day?

In 1999 an Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a 45 year old driving instructor for the rape of his 18 year old student. The reason cited was the girl’s clothing. It was determined that because she wore blue jeans the instructor could not have removed them without assistance, therefore she must have consented. People everywhere were outraged and within hours prominent women within the legal community were walking the courthouse in blue jeans to protest the decision. Since that time Denim Day in LA and the USA was born. Peace Over Violence, the agency behind Denim Day, centers this campaign around the fact that a woman’s choice of clothing is no excuse for rape.

How do you participate?

Wear blue jeans on April 27, 2016
 to make a statement. As an individual you can talk about Denim Day with your friends and family. As a business or workplace you can wear blue jeans and make a small donation to the Rock the Denim Campaign to benefit the non-profits in this community that are working with victims of sexual assault every day.

If you, your business, your campus, your organization or faith-based group would like to pledge your commitment to the campaign, please fill out the linked committment forms. We will send you flyers that you can display in your workplace, school, organization or church to let those around you know that you are wearing jeans to take a stand against sexual violence.

Proceeds to benefit SAFE Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition.

Business Commitment Form

Campus Commitment Form

Faith-Based/Organization Commitment Form

Jan 082016
 

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition will offer a special volunteer training program for domestic violence and sexual assault crisis counselors beginning March 14, 2016 – April 5, 2016! Agenda coming soon!!!!

This volunteer job may be perfect for you!

Our agency provides a 24-hour crisis hot line for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We serve Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties.

We need Volunteer Victim Advocates to be on-call after office hours, weekends and holidays during shifts they choose each month. These volunteers may also work in our emergency shelter.

Domestic Violence volunteers respond to telephone calls only. Sexual Assault volunteers respond to telephone calls and hospital referrals. Victims of sexual assault who report to law enforcement go to a local hospital for a forensic rape examination and SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition provides accompaniment and advocacy during this process.

All prospective volunteers attend an extensive 30-hour training program to prepare them for the demands of this position. Training includes an agency overview, dynamics of domestic and sexual violence, current law, crisis intervention, shelter and hospital procedures, listening skills, and resources and referrals.

You can make a difference in the life of a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.  Come and find out how.  Call Jamie Hughes or Karen Martin-Wilkins at 583-9803 for more information or to sign up for the class.  We hope you will join us!

This training has applied for VSP certification hours through the Office of the Crime Victims’Ombudsman and the Office of Victim Services Education and Certification (OVSEC).

 

 

 

 

Aug 202015
 

Join us for our 11th annual interpersonal violence conference in our new location……

Friday, October 23, 2015 ~ 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Family Life Center

First Presbyterian Church

393 East Main Street

Spartanburg, SC 29302

Oct 23, 2015 Agenda Insert

Oct 23, 2015 Brochure

You can register on-line, request a brochure via email or pick up a brochure at SHRCC.

On-line registration: www.spartanburgregional.com/CEEvents

Registration fees: $100.00 (additional fee after Oct 9, 2015 is $25.00)

$50.00 for Undergraduate/Full-time students

Registration, Coffee, Exhibits, Networking starts at 7:30 am

Welcome and Introduction begins at 8:25 am

This year our Keynote speaker will start us off with her compelling personal story of how she survived human trafficking.

We will also be giving out door prizes prior to the first session, so please stay after our keynote!!

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Children’s Advocacy Center

First Presbyterian Church

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition

7th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office

South Carolina Legal Services

Spartanburg County Department of Social Services

Spartanburg County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council

Spartanburg City Police Department

Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Wells Fargo

 

Feb 052015
 

6:00 pm-8:00 pm, “It Was Rape” Documentary Screening

STUDENT LIFE
Join University of South Carolina Upstate Health Education and SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition for a screening and panel discussion of the documentary “It Was Rape” by Jennifer Baumgardner as it explores sexual violence through the experiences of eight survivors. Gripping and emotional, this film seeks to empower women to speak out against their experiences and to puncture the silence that allows sexual and domestic violence to thrive. Ultimately, these stories shed light on how this epidemic affects us all.A panel discussion will be held immediately following the screening which includes Spartanburg area Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) members from SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis, Spartanburg Regional, 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and City & County Law Enforcement.
  • Open to the public
  • Contact: Katie Howe ~ khowe@uscupstate.edu
  • Phone: 864-503-5536
  • Location: USC Upstate Campus Life Center Ballroom
  • Admission: Free

It Was Rape Flyer

USC Upstate Campus Map

USC Upstate

 

 

Apr 222014
 

APRIL 24, 2014 8:00pm – until

In support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis will be “Rocking the Denim” at Delaney’s Irish Pub

There will be live music, silent auctions, and so much more.

Check out the awesome packages we have for our Rock the Denim Event

Rock The Denim Auction Packages
Bands performing are Hans Wenzel
Spencer Rush and Lacie Pottle & About a Girl

Like the Rock the Denim Facebook page and Rock the Denim @ Delaney’s for more details and updates!

Why Denim?

In the 90’s a teenage girl in Italy was raped by her driving instructor. The man was convicted, but his case went to the Supreme Court of Appeals in Rome. The court overturned the conviction, arguing that because the girl wore very tight jeans she must have had to help remove them, thereby giving consent to have sex.

The case made international headlines; the young woman’s jeans became a symbol of awareness that what someone wears is never an excuse for sexual assault.

To read more about Denim Day and the spirit behind the Rock the Denim Campaign visit http://denimdayusa.org/about/history/     (Information from denimdayusa.org)

Special thanks go out to  Jessie K. Lloyd for all her hard work at making this event come to life, scoring all the goodies for the auction & being a voice for victims of violence. We appreciate you and are so thankful for all you do for SHRCC & victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

 

May 132013
 

THANK YOU Spartanburg Day School ASTRA Service Club for your support, dedication, and hard work in making the 2nd annual SDS 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run such a success by raising over $12,000 benefitting SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition.

Spartanburg Day School ASTRA Service Club:

ASTRA is a female community service program – the youth extension of Altrusa International. The goals of ASTRA at Spartanburg Day School are as follows:

  • to use one’s time and talent to enrich the lives of others and to make the community a better place to live
  • to work with local civic and volunteer groups on service projects of lasting benefit such as the Big Brother/Big Sister Program, Special Olympics and Adopt-a-Highway
  • to raise money for worthy causes such as Katrina relief and cancer research
  • to interact with local business, professional and civic leaders who have made service a component of their lives
  • to form lasting friendships and to share ideals, goals and aspirations with others in one’s peer group
  • to develop leadership potential by assuming positions of responsibility
Apr 182013
 

The Food Network will be filming a new televsion show called Food Court Wars  and will be at Barnet Park on Saturday, April 20th. One of their competitors will be preparing empanadas and allowing concert attendees to taste test and give their feedback.

So whether you like the Food Network, empanadas, live music, or want to support sexual assault…you should come out this Saturday!!

Remember Rock the Denim will be going on from 3-11pm featuring local live bands, food, drinks, a kids area and of course the Food Network.

Apr 122013
 

About the 2013 campaign

The 2013 National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and its connection to child sexual abuse prevention.

This April, join the conversation. Start talking about healthy childhood development to prevent child sexual abuse.

The upcoming SAAM campaign provides tools and information on healthy childhood sexual development that adults can use. By learning about the characteristics of healthy sexuality, adults can better identify risks, support healthy boundaries and challenge negative messages. These tools support parents, community members and organizations as they work to prevent child sexual abuse.

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Feb 192013
 

Teen Dating Violence (DV) Prevention and Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.

The repercussions of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore – they hurt not just the young people victimized but also their families, friends, schools and communities. Throughout February, organizations and individuals nationwide are coming together to highlight the need to educate young people about dating violence, teach healthy relationship skills and prevent the devastating cycle of abuse.

The History of Teen DV Month

For years, young people across the nation have organized to put a stop to dating abuse. With their adult allies, they achieved a major victory in 2005 when the importance of addressing teen dating abuse was highlighted in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

The following year, Congress followed the lead of dozens of national, state and local organizations in sounding the call to end dating abuse. Both Chambers declared the first full week in February “National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week.” Then in 2010, they began dedicating the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.

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