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Beyond Abuse is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this month. Their mission is to lead our community beyond sexual violence and child abuse through awareness, advocacy and action. Services provided by Beyond Abuse include complete confidentiality, 24/7 crisis response, advocacy, counseling, assistance with filing victim’s compensation, and facilitation of awareness and education programs.  In addition, children ages 17 and under who are referred by law enforcement agencies or the Department of Social Services may receive forensic interviews and/or child maltreatment exams.

In 1977, they were chartered as the “Rape Crisis Council” and staffed by a group of concerned citizen volunteers to provide emergency response and advocacy to the victims of sexual violence. By 1992, they secured their 501(c)3 non-profit status and hired an Executive Director to coordinate the programs in Greenwood County. The next year, their services expanded to include Laurens County.

 The organization sought a name change in 1997, to Sexual Trauma and Counseling Center and by 1999 they had expanded even further to Abbeville County. 2003 brought a significant change as the organization added an accredited Children's Advocacy Program to their service reach.

It wasn't until 2013 that they changed their name to its current title, Beyond Abuse, to better represent the services that were being provided and the mission of the organization. This year, they opened a Client Services Center in Laurens County, to provide easier access to services for victims in surrounding area. They are also planning this year the grand opening of new Administrative Offices adjacent to the already existing Greenwood Client Services Center, renovation to the Greenwood Client Services Center to increase forensic interview and therapy capacity and, of course, their 25th anniversary celebration!

Join Beyond Abuse to help them celebrate this momentous occasion by attending their Paint and Pour!

When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 6:00PM - 8:00PM.
Where: The Arts Center, 120 Main Street, Greenwood, SC

Tickets $25    ***wine and cheese provided***

Call (864) 227-1623 to reserve your seat

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Our next webinar learning opportunity is on Thursday, July 27, 2017, 10:00AM - 11:00AM with Brian Bennett. Brian has 20 years of law enforcement experience with specialization and training in the area of domestic violence.

Strangulation is a potentially lethal form of domestic violence and sexual assault that occurs with a frequency unrecognized by many professionals working in all areas of response to these crimes. As a South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Training Instructor, Brian will provide a foundational webinar that will: 

1. Educate participants on the need for increased awareness about strangulation. 
2. Increase participants’ ability to identify when strangulation has occurred. 
3. Enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding of working with victims who have been strangled. 
4. Increase capacity to improve policies and practices in working with victims. 
5. Strengthen offender accountability and ultimately improve victim safety.  

If you have not previously registered for our training registration system, Coalition Manager, you can do that here.

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Pee Dee Coalition opened New Beginnings Transitional Shelter for abused women and their children on June 1 in the newly renovated Thurman-Steele House in Marlboro County.  New Beginnings Transitional Shelter includes a 5,159 square-foot, two-story house, five acres of fenced land, a children’s playground, and a gated-electronic entrance security system to provide a comfortable and safe environment for up to 12 women, including children. The Marlboro County facility represents an important addition to the Coalition’s existing emergency shelter program—which began in 1989 with an emergency safe shelter at an undisclosed location—and now enables the Coalition to provide safe living space on a temporary basis for up to 37 survivors.

When an abused woman has stayed in an emergency shelter for the maximum number of days, or has left an abusive situation and is no longer in crisis, she may have nowhere to go. At New Beginnings Transitional Shelter, such women and their children can have a place to live and access to support and resources for up to 18 months, so they can develop the life skills necessary to live independently.

Developing life skills and securing resources to live self-sufficiently takes time. A survivor may be on a waiting list for housing, trying to find employment and/or working to secure safe transportation. She may need to complete her education, open a bank account or get a driver’s license. Regardless of the specific needs, the reality is that abused women and their children sometimes need transitional shelter and services for an extended period. New Beginnings Transitional Shelter offers survivors that time and those opportunities.

“Recovering from an abusive relationship requires building a new life, and starting over is not always easy,” says Janice Hamlin, New Beginnings Shelter Services Coordinator. “This takes time in a safe and supportive environment such as New Beginnings." Made possible through support from the Victims of Crime Act, as well as private donations and volunteer assistance from the community, New Beginnings Transitional Shelter offers the location as well as professional support services.

A public event to celebrate the shelter’s opening is being planned for fall, in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At that time, Pee Dee Coalition will also host a ceremony to formally commemorate the shelter’s playground, which is being named “Iyana’s Playground” in memory of eight-year-old Iyana Lowery and her mother Ella, who were murdered in Marlboro County earlier this month.

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For more information, please contact Janice Hamlin at jhamlin@peedeecoalition.org or 843-669-4964.

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Safe Passage is celebrating 25 years of service to survivors in the area surrounding Rock Hill, SC. They began as a program of the Salvation Army helping domestic violence victims and became a stand-alone agency in 1992 under the name Tri-County Sisterhelp. Safe Passage has been providing services to victims of sexual trauma and child abuse since merging with the Sexual Assault Resource Center in 2005.

Safe Passage was established for the purpose of offering supportive services to families living in abuse so they could make changes in their lives and eliminate violence. They work every day to empower survivors, eliminate abuse, engage the community, and engender change.

Program services include emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their minor children, adult and child counseling, advocacy, 24-hour hospital accompaniment for sexual assault victims, community referrals, education, support groups, and parenting classes. Services which are offered for shelter residents are also available for non-residential clients.

All of their services are free and provided without regard to income, age, sex, ethnicity, limited English proficiency, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or disability. Their 24-hour emergency shelter is the only domestic violence shelter available to victims in York, Chester, Union and Lancaster counties.

Safe Passage also maintains a 24-hour crisis line and accompany victims of sexual assault during their medical exams in order to provide advocacy and support during the aftermath of the assault.  They provide counseling services and court accompaniment for victims.

Community education and outreach to the counties in their service area is available upon request in order to prevent interpersonal violence, promote our services, increase awareness around violence and its effects in our community, and encourage community support for survivors of interpersonal violence.

Join Safe Passage on August 10, 2017 for a night of dinner, dancing, drinks and a raffle to celebrate this momentous occasion. Admission is $25 per person. Raffle tickets are $10 and can be purchased via Eventbrite or the day of the event. If you have any questions please contact Shelby Lewis at 803-329-3336 or slewis@safepassagesc.org.

 

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Our country's investment in programs to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault costs each American $1.48 per year, less than one cup of coffee.  For the cost of a cup of coffee per week, you can support the advocacy and education that will help us build a safer South Carolina.

We are launching a new fundraising campaign to raise funds and awareness for SCCADVASA. Your monthly gift will provide sustaining support to the vital ongoing work that raises the voices of survivors in the policy decisions that impact the safety of our communities for everyone.  No gift is too small.  With your continued support, we can work to prevent the devastating impact that domestic and sexual violence causes to individual lives and the fabric of our society.

We work hard to increase the capacity of local community organizations to effectively provide life-saving and healing services to survivors across our state through AdvocacyCollaboration and Education.  These three words encompass SCCADVASA's work and guide us forward.

Become a regular by joining our sustainer program. Sign up below to commit to a recurring donation and help us raise the voices of survivors and those who are working to build paths to healing. It will take the whole community to end domestic and sexual violence. Thank you for standing with us.

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Our June webinar will be on June 23, 2017 from 10:00AM - 11:00AM. Lindsey Jacobs with SC Victims Assistance Network (SCVAN) will give an overview of orders of protection and restraining orders. This webinar will address 2015 changes to the law, RO's verses DVPO's in practice and problem areas. The importance of mutual restraining orders, jurisdiction questions and strategic appeals will also be addressed. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to ask specific questions. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the webinar with at least one question in mind relating to restraining and/or protective orders.

This webinar is FREE to the public, but if you have not previously registered for our training registration system, Coalition Manager, you can do that here. Be sure to add us on Facebook to find out about upcoming events and trainings.

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SCCADVASA has had several roundtables for member organizations that provide training, capacity building and resource sharing around various victim service provider roles, such as a Volunteer Coordinator Roundtable, Clinicians Roundtable and the College Consortium, to name a few. Beginning in March 2017, SCCADVASA added a new roundtable to it's lineup: Centering Voices. The purpose of this roundtable is to connect SCCADVASA’s member organizations and representatives from local LGBTQ+ organizations to foster a space of education and advocacy to understand the unique barriers faced by this underserved community in order to create more inclusive services, share resources, and bring awareness.

Why "Centering Voices?" We believe that it is crucial to center the voices of this community and other traditionally marginalized, undeserved and unheard communities in order to identify barriers and create effective change that will allow folks to more easily and safely access victim services. We also hope to establish a space where representatives from member organizations, allies, and LGBTQ+ individuals can connect and collaborate on community projects and initiatives and to ensure all services, programs, and curriculum are inclusive, culturally humble and trauma-informed.

In honor of Pride Month, we would like to extend the invitation to anyone already working in or with the LGBTQ+ community or anyone working with victims of intimate partner or sexual violence to join the conversation. Your voice is important to us and as we learn and grow together, we are growing our services and access to the queer community in South Carolina. Help us keep folks safer and braver than before. If you're interested in attending a meeting or would like more information, please contact Page Chilton, Community Change and Communications Coordinator at pchilton@sccadvasa.org.

Upcoming Meetings:

June 13 12:30-2:30
September 12 12:30-2:30
December 12 12:30-2:30

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We are so grateful to be tabling at this week's Arts & Draughts at the Columbia Museum of Art. Visit our table where you will be able to pick up one of our new buttons and create your own button. WE'll also be building a "Wall of Support" for survivors with messages of support, encouragement and resistance.

 Art, drink, and be merry! Enjoy beer tastings from The Whig!! of featured beers by Devils Backbone Brewing Company including 8 point IPA with additional samplings of Vienna Lager. Live music from Paper Shoes,NepotismCarpoolparty, and Ouroboros Boys, plus live sets from Dj Siji. Dalí-inspired art-making, a collaborative surrealist collage, D.I.Y. projects with SCCADVASA and Experience Columbia SC, scavenger hunts, a Unique Perspective tour with Auntie Bellum's Heather Green, food from theThe Wurst WagenRealmexicoBone-In Barbeque and more. Join or renew your membership that night and get in free. Presented by McDaniels Subaru of Columbia and Cyberwoven. Sponsored by The Whig!!WXRY 99.3 FM, and Free Times. $9 / $5 for members.

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Spring is in the air and May is already upon us. It's time for our May webinar presented by our new Limited English Proficiency Coordinator, Kathleen Heavner James. It will be on May 19, 2017 at 10:00AM - 11:00AM.

This webinar will discuss the importance of documenting and reporting victimization and seeking support. Information will be shared on incorporating immigration fears into safety planning and knowing victim’s risk of coming into contact with ICE or being prioritized for removal or detention. The presenter will also review immigration relief forms for which survivors may qualify. Ways to leverage VAWA confidentiality laws to protect your agency and survivors will also be discussed.

If you have not previously registered for our training registration system, Coalition Manager, you can do that here.

Register Here

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FIVE Steps

The FIVE steps for a potential rapist:  

 

Step One: convince your victim to attempt
an avalanche of alcohol down his throat
wink to your friends
wait until they chokes and drag them
to the peak of the mountain,
where two roads diverge and
they stumbles over their words
and forgets the snow-painted mile markers.

Step Two: lead them to the futon by the fire place
underneath the wilted mistletoes –

you have used as an alibi for far too long

whisper hot chocolate in their ear
as you try to start a campfire
in their ripped Levi jeans
begin to generate fallacies
to dispute their budding claims
when they learn spring is almost here. 

 

Step Three: turn up the volume on the record player
playing Silent Night and place a fresh sheet of snow over their body
to absorb those sound waves and moans
place their head on the pillow

taste their innocence
melt away down a river of your fantasies

fuel your jungle fever.

 

Step Four: suffocate them with evergreen leaves
to cover your bourbon-scented
cologne lingering on his body. If they come back to their senses,
kiss them on the neck

and expose their naked body to pneumonia  
as they cough up your remains
make them think they liked it.


Step Five: text him an apology because it’s the only way you’ll
be able to move on to the next season.


 

The FIVE steps to a rape kit:


Step one: you wake up the next morning to an
atonement you quickly dismiss. throw your phone down in
frustration because sex was the last thing on your mind

begin to think what if you had taken the road less traveled

what scars would you have to prove who you are still you?  

 

Step two: hold onto that apology as tight as melting ice
as your body reminds you of the weight of trauma. carve blame

in your shoulder like a snow angel in the middle of an Artic

blast, use the skin graft from strangers to keep you warm

Step three: lather, rinse, and repeat the memories
try your best to wash them out

scratch your dry scalp, wonder if it really happened
peel back the scars. flashback to step one as
the emergency lights in the cabin fade.

 

Step four: dwell in the dark for a little while. use aurora borealis as
a night light. find the beauty and irony in loneliness.
don’t rush your healing. don’t hush your feelings.
stand in the moonlight. feel.

 

Step five: forgive him because it’s the only way
you’ll be able to appreciate winter again.

 

- poem by Tyquan Morton, Prevention and Inclusion Specialist, SCCADVASA

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