Jan 032017
 

Please Join SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition for our 1st Annual 1BlueStringHubCity Awareness Campaign & Competition

This competition is made possible by The Star and The Rosemary Antosh Charitable Fund

1BlueStringHubCityis a singer/songwriter competition for artists in Spartanburg and surrounding areas. Contestants will need to submit an original piece focused on this year’s theme; HOPE. Judges will score each entry and select only 6 finalists. On April 7th, 2017, the 6 finalists will perform their song during a live, public concert @ USC Upstate. Concert goers will vote and decide the winner!

Online registration opened January 1, 2017 and will close February 12, 2017. Finalists will be announced in March. The winning prize package includes cash, studio time, and spotlight performance slots.

1bluestring.orgis an awareness campaign founded by 1in6.org. The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives.

What does HOPE mean to you? Where do you turn for HOPE? What gives you HOPE? Was there a time when you didn’t have HOPE? How do you inspire HOPE in others? Tell us about it. As a matter of fact, write a song and sing about it! Be creative – be original!

Contestants may visit 1BlueStringHubCity.com for registration information. Tickets for the finale are only $6 and may be ordered online or purchased at the door.

For more information, contact Jamie Hughes at 864.583.9803 or jamie.hughes@shrcc.org.

If you need help, please call our hotline number @864-583-9803 or toll free @ 800-273-5066.

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

Apr 022016
 

About the 2016 campaign

April is SAAM
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Prevention is Possible


Sexual violence is a widespread problem, but the good news is it is preventable. Prevention requires many voices and roles. There are many ways individuals, communities, and the private sector can take action to promote safety, respect, and equality.


What is prevention?

       Prevention aims to stop sexual violence before it has a chance to happen. It is possible to create communities where everyone is treated with respect and equality. This can be done by promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies, and healthy relationships. Prevention strategies that address the root causes and social norms that allow sexual violence to exist in the first place are the most effective. This means making the connection between all forms of oppression (including racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, adultism, ageism, and others). Oppression creates a culture in which inequality thrives and violence is seen as normal. Many communities are already reducing the risk of sexual violence through efforts that promote safety, respect, equality, and accountability.


Understanding the role of oppression

       All forms of oppression contribute to sexual violence. Oppression condones violence, uses power over others, and excuses unfair treatment and harm. Consider how sexism, racism, and transphobia are used to silence violence and abuse. What are other examples?


Prevention is everyone’s responsibility.

       What you can do

As individuals, all of us have a role to play in creating safe environments. We can all:
       • Intervene to stop problematic and disrespectful behavior
       • Promote and model healthy attitudes, behaviors, and relationships
       • Believe survivors and assist them in finding resources
       
What communities can do

Communities and organizations also have a role to play in serving as leaders on this issue by:
       • Creating and strengthening policies to promote safety, equality, and respect
       • Assessing the risks in their environment• Promoting respectful behaviors
       • Providing support for survivors
       • Holding those who harm others accountable and ensuring that appropriate treatment options are available

       What businesses can do
       • Promote prevention and support for survivors through policies and education
       • Model healthy attitudes and relationships with clients and consumers
       • Promote positive messages and behaviors through marketing campaigns and advertising content
       • Invest funding to make sexual violence prevention a social responsibility priority


Examples of prevention in action

       Employers, schools, and community settings can create proactive policies to promote a safer environment. For example:
       • Conduct trainings on how staff can contribute to positive workplace norms through bystander intervention
       • Display prevention messages and promote community resources at your school or business
       • Find resources to learn more about prevention efforts and get involved


Be a part of the solution

       The time for prevention is now. Join us in promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies, and healthy relationships. Your efforts are important and necessary. Together, we can create safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect.
       
       
Where can I learn more?

Local sexual assault centers can provide help. In crisis situations, contact 1-800-656-4673.

For more information, visit www.nsvrc.org.
Apr 012015
 

What is Victims’ Rights Week?

The National Center for Victims of Crime and the Office

National Crime Victim’ Rights Week (NCVRW) which will be observed April 19–25, 2015.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is an opportunity to highlight challenges faced by crime victims and to emphasize the ongoing struggle to establish victims’ rights. This year’s theme—Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.—focuses on the role communities play providing victims with the support they need to pursue justice and recovery. It also calls attention to the difficulties experienced by crime victims in underserved communities or in marginalized groups. Engaging communities and empowering victims takes resources, dedication, and persistence to establish a welcoming, compassionate, and supportive environment for all victims to share their stories. Creating a comprehensive public awareness campaign for your NCVRW outreach allows you to engage your members, local organizations, and the wider public in the important work of providing crime victims in our community with both the short- and long-term help they need as they recover on their terms.

This years Event for Spartanburg SC is:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

12:00pm @ City Hall~Front Steps – Spartanburg, SC

for more information please follow this link to Spartanburg Police Department

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 232014
 

1795593_10152316735532250_692444903_nDOD….Safe Helpline

Self Care App Available for Adroid or iOS.

“We’re here for you. Anyone who has been impacted by sexual violence in the military deserves to have the best support available, and that’s what we provide.” – #SafeHelpline staffer // Watch the full video –> http://ow.ly/tZ8rC.

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.