Aug 232017
 

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition will offer a special volunteer training program for 

domestic violence and sexual assault crisis counselors from September 5 – October 3, 2017  from 6:00pm – 9:00pm!

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, every M, T & Th from 6-9pm,  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.  For more information or to sign up for the training, contact Jamie Hughes (jamie.hughes@shrcc.org) or Karen Martin-Wilkins (karen.martinwilkins@shrcc.org) or call either @ 583-9803 .  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).

Agenda will available soon!

Volunteer Application

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

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

 

Apr 012015
 
upstate logoScreening Date: April 15, 2015 ~ Wednesday

Event Location: USC Upstate

Library~Tukey Theater

Join SHRCC for the viewing of The Hunting Ground made possible by the Healthy Education Department @ USC Upstate. This film is a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. This feature film comes from the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR and premiered at Sundance 2014.  This film screening of The Hunting Ground, cosponsored by USC Upstate’s the Women Faculty Collective and the Office of Health Education in the Division of Student Affairs, brings this conversation to the Upstate. The film screening will be followed by a brief panel of responses and a Q&A period.

 For more information contact:
Dr. Lisa Jonhson or Ms. Katie Howe
864-503-5536
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.

 

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 172013
 

TICKETS FOR THE Rock the Denim CONCERT EVENT ARE HERE!!! COME BY SHRCC Spartanburg TODAY AND PURCHASE YOURS FOR THE LOW PRICE OF $5.

SO MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW ~ SATURDAY, APRIL 20th AT BARNET PARK ~ Live musical acts include: JJ Dae, One Love, The Wheresville Project, Sound Medicine, The Consumers and Greenfield Excursion. There will be a Children’s Corner as well as food and drink vendors.

EVENT PAGE:https://www.facebook.com/events/141568429344415/(SHARE AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS)

Come celebrate our community with us, as we come together to take a stand against sexual violence.

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.

Continue

Jul 102012
 

As you all know, Governor Haley has vetoed $453,000 in the DHEC budget for rape crisis centers (Veto 51).  Here’s a basic breakdown of DHEC state funding:

 

  •  Last year, programs statewide received $403K in appropriated funds and $239K in allocated funds, for a total of $642K.  This year, we were able to get a 33% reinstatement, bringing the total allocated funds to $453K, with appropriated funds remained the same, bringing the total funding to $856K.  The amount that the Governor has vetoed is the $453K in allocated funds.
  •  If this veto stands, not only will we not receive the partial reinstatement, but it would result in a 37% reduction in DHEC funding.

 

The good news is that this veto can still be overridden.  House members are coming back next Tuesday to begin working on the budget vetoes.  To make sure they override this veto, we need all of your help.

 

1.  Please call your Representatives.  Please urge them to override Veto 51, which eliminates funding to sexual assault programs.  

Tell them this veto would result in a 37% decrease in state funding for your area program.  And let them know how important this funding is to people in your community.

This is a major deal for us. Decreases in these funds will impact the number of education programs we are able to provide in schools and our community at large. It will also impact the number of training programs we provide. It may also impact the outreach we are able to do with underserved populations in our rural areas.

2.  Please send a letter and an email to your Senators and Representatives.

3.  Please get the word out to your local area and media.

South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) press release:  http://sccadvasa.org/about/newsroom/232-press-statement-in-response-to-governor-haleys-veto-of-funding-for-rape-crisis-centers.html.

 

We know you are all incredibly busy, but we really need everyone to make sure this veto is overridden.  Thank you all for your help.  Let’s get this funding back!

 

Here is a contact list of your local Senators:

Senator Glenn R. Reese: (803) 212-6108

Senator Lee Bright: (803) 212-6108

Senator Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.: (803) 212-6430

Senator Shane R. Martin: (803) 212-6100

 

Here is a contact list of your local SC Representatives for SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition:

 

State Representatives Business Phone (Local Area) Statehouse Office Phone (803) Office Location (Blatt Building)
Bill Chumley 864-303-2726 212-6894 304A
Dennis Moss 864-761-6353 734-3073 418A
Derham Cole 864-591-1113 212-6790 402B
Doug Brannon 864-573-0048 212-6876 404D
Eddie Tallon 864-380-8777 212-6893 402A
Harold Mitchell 864-621-0881 734-6638 414C
Mike Anthony 864-429-1740 734-3060 432D
Mike Forrester 864-592-6204 212-6972 402D
Rita Allison 864-909-1092 212-6788 402C
Steve Moss 212-6885 418D
Steve Parker 864-978-0195 212-6878 404C