Men are survivors, too


September 11, 2012

Guest post by “BJ” – member of the Men’s Support Group at SafePlace When I attended the SafePlace Men’s Support Group it was the first time I had met other men who were victims of childhood sexual abuse and had gone through similar abuse that I went through. Going to SafePlace changed my life; meeting […]

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Meet an Expert: Malisa DiGiacomo


September 7, 2012

by Jenny Martin; Communications and Media Relations Malisa DiGiacomo is the Research and Grants Coordinator at SafePlace. She’s well known at SafePlace for her abounding engergy, brilliance and, don’t forget, speed walking skills. We asked her a few questions: How long have you been working at SafePlace?  November 2012 will mark my 12-year anniversary at […]

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Rape is more widespread than the West Nile Virus


September 4, 2012

by Emily LeBlanc, SafePlace Counseling Services Manager Every day I read the news and see a new story about rape. It’s everywhere. It seems to be the newest hot issue to write and talk about. Part of me is glad. Rape needs more attention. According to RAINN, every 2 minutes someone in the US is […]

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LIFT: An Alliance to End Abuse – Message by Kelly White, Austin Children’s Shelter CEO


September 1, 2012

At least once a week I read the report for a young person being admitted to the Austin Children’s Shelter and there is almost always an eerie similarity; almost all have experienced multiple forms of abuse and neglect; hurt by family, friends, caregivers and the system. What I have seen, and research supports, is that […]

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What do we mean by “Courageous Bystander”?


August 30, 2012

by Jenny Martin, SafePlace Communications and Media Relations We use lots of buzz words and catchy phrases around SafePlace, but I’m pretty sure if I asked one of my friends if they were a courageous bystander they’d be confused. If you identify with my friends…here are some examples of what it means to us to […]

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How to talk with a loved one about violence


August 24, 2012

by Diane McDaniel Rhodes, former Chief Program Officer at SafePlace Although I have worked with abuse survivors for the past nearly 30 years and supervised shelter and counseling and housing programs, I’ve learned most when people I love have been in abusive relationships. You’d guess staff at the local domestic violence and sexual assault programs […]

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Emotional Abuse: A college student’s perspective


August 13, 2012

by Danniel Zelaya, SafePlace Communications Department Intern I recently graduated from the University of Texas and can say I’ve met hundreds of people along the way.  How could I not with the 50,000 student attendance and with me involved in several student organizations? Some, I was fortunate to get to know and add to my […]

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What happens in shelter?


July 31, 2012

by Diane McDaniel Rhodes, former Chief Program Officer People ask about emergency shelter all the time. Either the idea of fleeing, or the idea of communal living strikes a chord of curiosity with most. The Kelly White Family Shelter was designed to offer survivors a place to begin to feel secure and hopeful for their future.  […]

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How to support SafePlace after your lifetime


July 26, 2012

by Susan Dunning, Major Gifts Officer Sarah Biedenharn was a good friend to SafePlace.  This plaque commemorates her gift of $1million to create the Sally Biedenharn Endowment to honor her daughter and for the benefit of SafePlace’s building fund.  Mrs. Biedenharn created the endowment in 2009 with an initial gift of $500,000.  The remainder of […]

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Sticks and stones…


July 12, 2012

by Jenny Martin, Communications and Media Relations “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” I doubt many people will argue that they are unaffected by the media. So when articles like the one below are written, its purpose is not to nag and nitpick; it’s to let people know, […]

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