May 022016
Support Spartanburg County is one day of online giving on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 12:00 a.m. until 11.59 p.m. (EST), hosted by Spartanburg County Foundation.

On that day, anyone can go to the event website, and donate to SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition!

All donations made during the online giving day are 100% tax deductible. Credit and debit cards are accepted.

Mark your calendar to support us on May 3rd! Be sure to tell your family, friends and co-workers, so they can too.

Profile Page Link on Support Spartanburg:

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition mission is to use our collective voice to address the impact of domestic and sexual violence by providing quality services to those affected and to create social change through education, training, and activism.

What is Support Spartanburg County 2016?

The Spartanburg County Foundation (SCF) is a tax-exempt public charity, committed to improving the lives of Spartanburg County residents by promoting philanthropy, encouraging community engagement and responding to community needs.  We support the nonprofit community in Spartanburg County.

Established in 1943, The Spartanburg County Foundation is the oldest community foundation in South Carolina.  On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, community foundations across America will collectively participate in “National Give Local America Day”.  We are excited to join our peers across the country by hosting our own local Support Spartanburg County Giving

Support Spartanburg County is one day of online giving on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 12:00 a.m. until 11.59 p.m. (EST).  On that day, anyone can go to the event website, hosted by SCF, and donate to participating nonprofit organizations.  All donations made during the online giving day may have the opportunity to be multiplied by the incentive pool of funds.

Please support our nonprofits as they support our community.


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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

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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
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Feb 172016

Love is Setting Boundaries: What Are My Boundaries?

For Teen DV Month, we’re talking about setting healthy boundaries in relationships. Today, we’re discussing ways to figure out your own boundaries.

When you think of a boundary, what comes to mind? You might think of something like a property line or the defining lines of a shape. Boundaries show where one thing ends and another begins. Boundaries in a relationship are kind of like this; they help each person figure out where one person ends and the other begins. In short, boundaries help you define what you are comfortable with and how you would like to be treated by others. They apply to any kind of relationship you have – whether with a friend, family member, partner or anyone else in your life.

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Feb 122016

When it comes to one of the nation’s most widely-used college sexual assault prevention programs, Greg Liautaud lives its teachings, literally.

A junior at Connecticut College, Liautaud and sophomore Matt Gaetz have made themselves the resident Green Dot counselors in their campus apartment building, unofficially training their neighbors how to step in whenever they witness situations that could lead to assault.

Green Dot is one of the bystander intervention programs that hundreds of colleges across the country are using to combat sexual violence. If people spot a guy at a party who may be bothering or taking advantage of someone, the thinking goes, they can interrupt the situation and then stop the potential assailant’s momentum — preventing a sexual assault from happening. No one even needs to utter the word “rape.”

“You step in like that and it kind of just ends the situation,” Liautaud explained. “It’s not really about calling someone a bad person, it’s just defusing the situation.”

to read more follow this link

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Feb 042016

Be a Part of Teen DV Month 2016!heart

We’re excited to kick off another Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month) with all of you! This is a time for people all over the country to come together and raise awareness about the important issue of teen dating violence. After all, one in three teens will experience some form of abuse in a dating relationship, and we think that’s one too many.

Since part of our mission is to empower young people to build healthy relationships, this year we wanted to focus on a theme to help you do just that. Our theme for February is “Love is Setting Boundaries,” because so many people come to us with questions about boundaries! Why are boundaries so important in a relationship? Agreeing on and respecting each other’s boundaries make each partner feel safe and heard, which is so important for keeping a relationship healthy. You have the right to set your boundaries and have them respected at all times. We’ll be discussing boundaries in more detail as the month goes on, so be sure to check back here for more information.

To kick things off, we have an exciting announcement to share with you… That’s Not cool has re-launched their website with a new & improved look:

Check out some new features, including a Speak Up section (ask for advice), Ambassador Stories page (share yours!), Adult Allies program, & a page with more info about Teen DV Month.

Hope you love it as much as we do.

Not sure what you can do to help end relationship violence? Read some ideas here:

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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).





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Dec 012015

Join The Shop & SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition

for the 17th Annual Toy Poker Run

December 5th, 2015

Rain Date:  December 12th, 2015

            Registration at The Shop Clubhouse – “breakfast available”
521 New Cut Road, Una SC
                    (NEW LOCATION) Last Card at Mid City Shrine Club
1470 Fort Prince Blvd
Wellford, SC
Entertainment Provided!
First Bike Out – 11:00 am
Last Bike Out – 1:00 pm
Last Bike In – 4:30 pm
 Parade with Santa (NEW LOCATION) departs promptly at 3:00 pm from 4th draw stop 

@ Grille 221 on Hwy 211 – Spartanburg, SC

Last Card Drawn @ Mid City Shrine Club. 
    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
                                            Cash Prizes for Best Hand -$400                                        
2nd Best Hand- $200
& Worst Hand – $100
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Dec 012015

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.

Last year we made several procedural changes to our Christmas program.   We created a Christmas Gift Store in which clients will fill out an application and  once approved will be able to shop and wrap gifts they choose for their children. The qualifications for assistance are that the clients must have received services @SHRCC within the past year. These parents will be required to invest $5 per child or $20 per family. Those parents who cannot afford to pay the required amount(s) will be given a voucher to shop for gifts. We are asking our sponsors to purchase new items for children ages 0-18, adult women, and/or household supplies. We believe this will empower our clients as well as offer them the opportunity to be involved in the gift selection process for their children. Last year, SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition was able to provide gifts to 109 adults and children that have been impacted by violence. The sponsors who made this effort possible all came from our local community. We appreciate all that YOU did to make this program possible and look forward to working with YOU again this year.

Celebrate the holidays by helping others!

After you have filled out the Holiday sponsor form, you can mail it, fax it, email it, or drop it off at our office @ 236 Union Street ~ Spartanburg, SC.

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

Holiday Sponsor Instruction Letter 2015

Holiday sponsor form 2015

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


Fax: 864.583.9611

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