Apr 152015
 

SHRCC along with Children’s Advocacy Center, Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic, Hope Center for Children, South Carolina Public Library, Mary Black School of Nursing Student Nurses Association, Solicitor’s Office Violence Against Women Unit, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Services,  South Carolina Legal Services, & Spartanburg County DSS have taken the pledge as a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault and domestic violence.

It is a promise not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution.

To RECOGNIZE that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.

To IDENTIFY situations in which sexual assault may occur.

To INTERVENE in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.

To CREATE an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

You can learm more  about the It’s On Us Campaign

Apr 012015
 

What is Victims’ Rights Week?

The National Center for Victims of Crime and the Office

National Crime Victim’ Rights Week (NCVRW) which will be observed April 19–25, 2015.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is an opportunity to highlight challenges faced by crime victims and to emphasize the ongoing struggle to establish victims’ rights. This year’s theme—Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.—focuses on the role communities play providing victims with the support they need to pursue justice and recovery. It also calls attention to the difficulties experienced by crime victims in underserved communities or in marginalized groups. Engaging communities and empowering victims takes resources, dedication, and persistence to establish a welcoming, compassionate, and supportive environment for all victims to share their stories. Creating a comprehensive public awareness campaign for your NCVRW outreach allows you to engage your members, local organizations, and the wider public in the important work of providing crime victims in our community with both the short- and long-term help they need as they recover on their terms.

This years Event for Spartanburg SC is:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

12:00pm @ City Hall~Front Steps – Spartanburg, SC

for more information please follow this link to Spartanburg Police Department

Apr 012015
 

Denim Day: April 29, 2015

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 29, 2015 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
Mar 312015
 

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The “R U Skooled?” fundraiser for SHRCC raised $1,074 this weekend! Thank you Charlene Evans https://twitter.com/chiccybaritone! We appreciate your support and hard work to make this event so memorable.

 

 

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

STUDENT LIFE
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 ~ khowe@uscupstate.edu
  • 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.

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