Mar 052015

Charlene Evans aka “Chiccy Baritone” is hosting an All Woman Poetry Showcase called, “R U Skooled? From a Woman’s Perspective Poetically 2015″  at The Kroc Center (Chapel Theatre) on March 21, 2015. Doors open @ 6:50pm and the show starts prompltly @ 7:00pm. Cost is $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.

The feature poet is Tank of Tank and the Bangas, from New Orleans, LA. Other poets include: Kimbi the Goddess, Lisa Gilliam aka “Big Sis”, & Desimber Rose.  The night is filled with some of the most amazing, thought-provoking and inspiring female poets from all over the globe!

Charlene Evans has graciously agreed to make SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition the beneficiary of the proceeds of this event. Please go and support your favorite charity and this wonderful event!

Chiccy Baritone Productions

R U Skooled? Event Flyer

Feb 232015

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition will offer a special volunteer training program for domestic violence and sexual assault crisis counselors beginning March 9, 2015!

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 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).

SHRCC Volunteer Agenda 




Feb 052015
dating violence awareness month
Teen Dating Violence Month…

For many, February is the month of love, where Valentine’s Day is the ultimate celebration of relationships. But February is also about the other side of the coin — what about relationships that are unhealthy or abusive?

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month or teenDVmonth is a national effort to raise awareness about dating abuse statistics, prevention and programs.

“In a 12-month period, one in 10 high school students nationwide reported they were physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend,” said President Barack Obama in a presidential proclamation about teenDVmonth. “And still more experienced verbal or emotional abuse like shaming, bullying or threats.”

Throughout February, nonprofits, organizations and individuals nationwide come together to highlight the importance of educating young people about relationships. And that includes you!

You can be a part of teenDVmonth:

  • Join thousands of conversations on It’s Time To Talk Day, which brings together parents, students, teachers, educators, survivors, advocates, celebrities and beyond to start talking about healthy relationships, dating abuse and domestic violence
  • Participate in an It’s Time To Talk Day Talk-A-Thon
  • Host your own Talk-A-Thon event
  • Read the National Respect Announcement on Valentine’s Day at your school, which has reached over one million students and counting
  • Write letters to your school, community leaders, government officials and faith leaders about how they can change and implement dating abuse prevention policies
  • Wear orange to raise awareness of teenDVmonth

Find out what events you can join during teenDVmonth! With your help, we can work together to help young people build healthy relationships.

Feb 052015

6:00 pm-8:00 pm, “It Was Rape” Documentary Screening

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 ~
  • Phone: 864-503-5536
  • Location: USC Upstate Campus Life Center Ballroom
  • Admission: Free

It Was Rape Flyer

USC Upstate Campus Map

USC Upstate



Dec 232014

Marylee Sauder joins us for a very special blog on easing the stress of the holiday season.

The hustle and bustle of the season, the expectations of perfect holiday get-togethers, the feeling that everyone else seems happy and healthy. All of these things — and so many other aspects of the holidays — can lead to stress and ill health for survivors of sexual assault.


Dec 232014


Before there was The Brady Bunch or 19 Kids and Counting, there was Yours, Mine, and Ours. The 1968 movie starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda portrayed a real-life, blended family with 20 children. (It was remade in 2005 with Dennis Quaid.)

Tom North was the 11th child. Although his life seemed idyllic on screen, it was filled with violence and abuse by his stepdad, Frank Beardsley, played by Fonda. He wrote about this double life in his memoir, True North – The Shocking Truth about “Yours, Mine and Ours.”

The holidays can be a particularly stressful time for adult DV survivors, especially those with children. Everything’s supposed to be happy and rosy, with plenty of family and togetherness — but what if your family has caused you pain? Here’s Tom’s story and his tips for getting through the season.

holiday tips

Dec 232014
1680_Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” to everyone who has volunteered, given donations, sponsored clients for Christmas, shared your story, spoke about our organization, and assisted a victim of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Your generosity enriches the lives of survivors in our community, and without your continual support, we would be unable to provide the quality of services to those individuals who need it the most.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Holiday Hours:

All SHRCC Offices will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you need assistance please call our 24-hour crisis line @ 864-583-9803 or 800-273-5066. We will re-open Friday, December 26th @8:30 am.


Dec 012014

Join The Shop & SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition

for the 16th Annual Toy Poker Run

December 6th, 2014

Rain Date:  Dec 13th, 2014

Registration at The Shop Clubhouse – “breakfast available”
521 New Cut Road, Una SC
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 (NEW LOCATION) departs promptly at 3:00 pm from 4th draw stop 

@ Grille 221 on Hwy 211 – Spartanburg, SC

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
                                                       Cash Prizes for Best Hand -$400                                                              
2nd Best Hand- $200
& Worst Hand – $100
Nov 202014

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.

Starting this year we have made several procedural changes to our Christmas program.   We have 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 108 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:

Christmas Sponsor Instruction Letter 2014

Holiday sponsor form 2014

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


Fax: 864.583.9611

Nov 132014

We have an immediate opening for a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate. This position requires a Bachelor’s degree and an understanding of the issue and the trauma that rape victims face. It is a full time position with benefits. This position is in the Spartanburg office and works 8:30 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Please submit a resume to me at 236 Union St,. Spartanburg, SC 29302.
Please no phone calls.
EOEnow hiring