Apr 232014

It took a lot of guts for Deborah Monroe to return to East Carolina University. As a student at ECU, her boyfriend had beaten her, thrown her out of a car, and threatened her with a loaded gun.

Seven years later, Monroe is now an author, advocate and speaker on intimate partner abuse. She was invited back to campus last fall by Alpha Phi Alpha, a ECU fraternity that co-sponsors “Black & Blue,” an annual event that raises awareness about domestic violence.

For Monroe, returning to campus was particularly fraught — her abuser had been a member of Alpha Phi Alpha.

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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 232014

rapeThe phrase “I’m Not Asking For It. I’m Only an Easy Target If You’re Thinking Like Rapist” splashes across an image of a female passed out behind empty bottles of liquor in bold. This shot and others fill the #AlcoholIsNotConsent photography series created by a UCLA student group to eliminate alcohol-blaming from the current rape conversation. Here are some ways Twitter users got behind the message:

If you were murdered whilst drinking you wouldn’t get the blame #victim#AlcoholisNotConsent #NOMOREexcuses

Candice ‏@donveynor Mar 4

“I’m only an ‘easy target’ if you’re thinking like a rapist”#alcoholisnotconsent

“Frankly, women can do whatever they wish and rape is solely created by the criminal who commits the act.”

Many of the tweets point out an obvious double standard: Who would ever suggest that some bro got mugged at gunpoint because he had one too many pints? Still, somehow, it’s all too common to blame women for getting wasted in sexual assault cases. So what are the facts? What role does alcohol actually play in rape incidents? It’s not the cut-and-dry, cause-and-effect relationship some would like to believe.

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Apr 222014

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.

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.


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


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.

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