Mar 282014

Very powerful monologue about the experiences of a male victim of sexual assault. Do not let the title fool you. He is not making fun of sexual assault in any way.

Trigger warning – very frank discussion of his sexual assault.

Mar 252014

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  • Open to the public
  • Contact: Lisa Schoer
  • Phone: 864.596.9079
  • Location: Daniel Recital Hall, Blackman Music Building
  • Admission: Free

Come for a screening of “It Was Rape,” a documentary by Jennifer Baumgardner that 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.

Converse College

Converse College It Was Rape Event Information


Mar 252014

Denim Day: April 23, 2104

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 23, 2014 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 or your business would like to pledge your commitment to the campaign, REGISTER HERE. We will send you flyers that you can display in your workplace to let your customers and employees know that you are wearing jeans to take a stand against sexual violence.

Proceeds to benefits SAFE Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition, Hope Center for Children & Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union.

Mar 252014

APRIL 24, 2014 7:00pm – 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.

Invite your friends, and keep your eye out for more information coming soon.


Like the Rock the Denim Facebook page for more details and updates!
To read more about Denim Day and the spirit behind the Rock the Denim Campaign visit

Why Denim?

In the 90s 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     (Information from


Feb 112014

SAFE Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition is offering a special 30-hour Volunteer Training program for domestic violence and sexual assault crisis line counselors, and shelter advocates beginning Monday, March 10, 2014 – April 3, 2014

Our 24-hour crisis line needs volunteers to take crisis calls during evenings, weekends, and holidays. Training is provided by community agencies, and offered free of charge.

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.  Shelter advocates work in our emergency shelter with victims and their children.

We assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault 24 hours a day 7 days a week for Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee Counties. For more information, please call 583-9803 or 1-800- 273- 5066 and ask for Karen Martin-Wilkins, our Volunteer Coordinator.

You can make a difference in the life of a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.  Come and find out how.


Jan 032014

Victim Advocate

Full-time Position Open

Monday - Friday 8:30 am -5:00 pm

Requires Bachelor’s Degree and understanding of issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. Advocate will be working in Union and Cherokee counties primarily. Please submit resumes to SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition, 236 Union St,. Spartanburg, SC 29302.
No phone calls please.

Employment Application

Nov 222013

The Holiday Season is a special and exciting time. However, for battered women, their dependent children, and victims of sexual assault it can be a source of great pain. If you are interested in providing Christmas to a woman, child, or family affected by domestic/sexual violence, please fill out this holiday sponsor form.

Fill out the Holiday sponsor form and mail it, fax it or drop it off at our office @ 236 Union Street ~ Spartanburg, SC.

We will match you with your specifications and either email, fax or mail you a copy of the client’s wish lists. The wish lists will include a first name, age, race, sizes, favorite colors and some of the things they would like to get for Christmas. Please read the Sponsor Instruction sheet for further information or contact us if you have any questions.

Download the following forms to provide Christmas to one of our clients:

Christmas Sponsor Instruction Letter 2013

Holiday sponsor form 2013

If you would like more information, please contact  Karen Martin-Wilkins or Jennifer O’Shields @ 864.583.9803.


Fax: 864.583.9611

Nov 072013

Join The Shop & SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition

for the 15th Annual Toy Poker Run

December 7th, 2013

Rain Date:  Dec 14th, 2013

Registration at The Shop Clubhouse – “breakfast available”
521 New Cut Road
Last Card at Rascals Clubhouse – 1455 Asheville Hwy
 Spartanburg, SC
First Bike Out – 11:00 am
Last Bike Out – 1:00 pm
Parade with Santa departs promptly at 3:00 pm from 4th draw stop
Southport Food and Spirits on Hwy 295 By-Pass 
Last Card Drawn @ Rascals Clubhouse
    Poker Run Entry: New Toys/Games or Cash Donations
    One hand per rider with donation – All Motorcycles & Vehicles Welcome
   For information:  Willie: 542-5610, Tennessee: 921-5086
 Freddie: 680-0636 or
                                                       Cash Prizes for Best Hand -$400                                                                2nd Best Hand- $200
& Worst Hand – $100
Sep 252013

The State


COLUMBIA, SC — South Carolina moved the wrong direction in a national ranking on criminal domestic violence deaths.

The state was ranked first in the United States in the number of women killed by men, according to a report released this week by the Violence Policy Center in Washington D.C. The ranking was based on 2011 crime data where 61 women were reported killed at the hands of men. The homicide rate among females murdered by males was 2.54 per 100,000 people, the report said.

It is the third time South Carolina has been ranked first number one. Last year, South Carolina ranked second in the annual report.

“It is our hope that this report will be a call to action for the leadership of South Carolina and its citizens to recognize the seriousness of the problem in our state and begin to work collaboratively to find real solutions that improve the safety and lives of women in our state,” says Colleen Campbell Bozard, Interim Executive Director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.