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

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
May 212014
 

Local direct action planned for today from 10:00 AM EST to 2:00 PM EST, we encourage folks to show solidarity with the folks during their direct action. By posting and sharing on FB, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr. By emailing Chancellor Moore. By calling to make sure that the administration hears the voices of those who are deeply affected by this issue. You can call 864-503-5200 or 864-503-5000 (switchboard). Please be courteous and clear about your message.

Learn more here: http://goo.gl/cTcgVK 

Here is a sample of what that call might sound like: Hello, my name is ____________. I am a faculty/staff/alum/community member. I am calling today to let the administrative decision makers at USC Upstate know that I am troubled by the announcement of the closing of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. I think it is important to consider changing this decision because ___________________________________. Thank you for your time. Have a nice day.

USC Upstate students plan to protest closing of center; Chancellor Moore respondsuscupstategenderstudiescenter

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.

 

Sep 122013
 

Join Converse SGA in presenting Hub-City “High Heel HUNDRED”…

High-Heel_Hundred_logo

WHY RUN?
The Hub-City High Heel Hundred seeks to promote awareness of the continued need for women’s equity. The gender pay gap is a very real issue impacting society as a whole, and yet it is often overlooked. Women excel in their careers and continue to break glass ceilings – often while juggling the demands of family life or other obstacles.

Come run for the fabulous women in YOUR life. Whether you do it for yourself, your spouse, your daughter, your mother, your sister – or all of them – you will help us make great strides by simply acknowledging the value of these women.

All race registration proceeds will benefit SAFE Homes Rape Crisis Center, a non-profit organization serving victims of domestic violence and their dependent children in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties, and victims of sexual assault in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties.

Join Converse College as we empower women of today and prepare young girls for tomorrow.

REGISTRATION LINK for Hub City High Heel Hundred

Jul 022013
 

After years of budget cuts, domestic and sexual violence programs have been forced to reduce services and victims are feeling the impact. The Congressionally-mandated sequester cuts are now taking effect, further decimating the resources that victims need to escape and heal from violence and abuse. Please join us in calling on Congress to end the sequester and ensure that lifesaving services will continue to be available to victims of domestic and sexual violence!

Take action via the link below and share this infographic that explains the devastating impact of funding cuts.

http://www.nnedv.org/policy/takeaction/3854-sequestration-endangers-women-2013.html

Feb 282013
 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 28, 2013

 

Statement from the President on the House Passage of the Violence Against Women Act

I was pleased to see the House of Representatives come together and vote to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act.  Over more than two decades, this law has saved countless lives and transformed the way we treat victims of abuse. Today’s vote will go even further by continuing to reduce domestic violence, improving how we treat victims of rape, and extending protections to Native American women and members of the LGBT community.  The bill also reauthorizes the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, providing critical support for both international and domestic victims of trafficking and helping ensure traffickers are brought to justice.  I want to thank leaders from both parties – especially Leader Pelosi, Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Senator Leahy – for everything they’ve done to make this happen.  Renewing this bill is an important step towards making sure no one in America is forced to live in fear, and I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits my desk.

 

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Vice President

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 28, 2013

 

Statement by Vice President Biden on the House Passage of the Violence Against Women Act

 

Today Congress put politics aside and voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Eighteen years ago, I envisioned a world where women could live free from violence and abuse.  Since VAWA first passed in 1994, we have seen a 64% reduction in domestic violence.  I am pleased that this progress will continue, with new tools for cops and prosecutors to hold abusers and rapists accountable, and more support for all victims of these crimes.

 

The urgent need for this bill cannot be more obvious.  Consider just one fact—that 40% of all mass shootings started with the murderer targeting their girlfriend, or their wife, or their ex-wife. Among many other important provisions, the new VAWA will increase the use of proven models of reducing domestic violence homicides.

 

This morning I met with several parents whose beautiful young daughters were killed by abusive boyfriends. Nothing puts this legislation in to perspective more than their stories. This issue should be beyond politics—and I want to thank the leaders from both parties—Patrick Leahy, Mike Crapo, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Gwen Moore—and the bipartisan majorities in both the House and the Senate who have made that clear once again.

 

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Feb 142013
 

This inclusive family event will take place in downtown Spartanburg on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013.  All women and children and those that love them are invited to join us in dance and have fun while focusing on the spirit of the community and putting a stop to abuse and violence.

Please join us as we dance our way to “No Excuse for Abuse” on Valentine’s Day, 2013!

Join our Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Excuse-For-Abuse-ONE-Billion-Rising/386283198126305?fref=ts

Time: Thursday, February 14, 2013 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Host: Jan Hammett
Location:
Downtown Spartanburg (Spartanburg, SC)

The Plaza – 174 East Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

onebillionrising.org

 

Oct 042012
 

Sheriff David Taylor of the Union County Sheriff’s Office received a Leadership Award from SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition

October 2, 2012 @ The Union County Silent Witness Vigil.

The Leadership Award is presented to individuals who display leadership through actions above and beyond the ordinary.

This award recognizes their outstanding leadership in this community.

Thank you Sheriff Taylor for all you do for victims of domestic violence in Union County.