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December 6, 2012

Anna* has never known anything but abuse. It began when she was still a little girl, and led her to a life of addiction and violent relationships with men.  But everything changed when she gave birth to her son Marco*. Realizing she needed help to be a better mother to her son, Anna started attending […]

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How to talk to a stranger about sexual assault: Jen’s story

December 5, 2012

By Jen Smith, SafePlace Community Education Intern I never would have thought that taking a bathroom break would turn out to be providential. I know what you are thinking, “Am I reading a post about being an active bystander that opens with a restroom scene? Seriously?” Yes, you are. I had just finished my last […]

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Our 21st century task – Anna Belle Burleson’s story

November 27, 2012

Anna Belle Burleson gave this speech at SafePlace’s Celebration Luncheon in October. Her words affected so many in the room that day, and we want to share this with those who couldn’t be there. “I am going to tell you the story of a very lucky woman. It was a beautiful spring afternoon in 1986.  I […]

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Editorial: Texas’ punitive system makes commissioner’s job “un-doable”

November 16, 2012

Kelly White, the CEO of SAFE Children’s Shelter wrote an OpEd for the Austin American-Statesman this week about the challenges we, as a community, and Texas’ Child Protection Services system, face in protecting our most vulnerable: children. She does a wonderful job explaining the barriers we face and presents what the community needs to do better. […]

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Protecting Texas’ Children is a Mission Impossible – by Kelly White

November 14, 2012

The headline on Saturday’s Metro and State section read, “Family services chief resigns.” Reading further we learn just a few of the lurid details associated with recent child abuse deaths in Texas. Texas children have died, and as a fervent frontier state, we will exact revenge. Howard Baldwin, the man at the helm of the […]

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Where would I be without my Courageous Bystanders – Ashley’s story

November 7, 2012

Guest post by Ashley – survivor of domestic violence My story is more than just about myself and how I survived the abuse in my former marriage, but it is also about the actions of my family, a very close friend and even my priest that definitely could all be described as a courageous bystander. […]

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SafePlace Celebration with Dan Rather raised more than $330,000!

October 25, 2012

by Jenny Martin, Communications and Media Relations We are so excited to announce that the this years’ Celebration Luncheon raised more than $330,000! This is the most we’ve raised at a fundraiser to date, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for SafePlace. We are so incredibly grateful to    the Celebration Committee, […]

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Being a Courageous Bystander: Melanie’s Story

October 18, 2012

Guest post by Melanie “I was in my mom’s home sitting on the front porch with my laptop when I started to hear a lot of yelling. At first I thought it was just my neighbors and their kids yelling, but then I heard a car door open and slam, over and over again. I […]

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A courageous bystander’s actions meant a lot: Sarah’s Story

October 9, 2012

Guest post by Sarah W. – student at the University of Texas “A couple of years ago I was going through a breakup with my abusive girlfriend. I had been trying to distance myself from her and had recently told her that I didn’t want to see her anymore. She started following me on her […]

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Surviving Sexual Abuse – Celeste’s Story

October 2, 2012

Guest post by Celeste Mendoza – survivor and SafePlace Board Member As long as I can remember I have been a performer. If my parents were here they would tell you that even when I was three years old I would sing and dance around the house in front of anyone who would listen. I […]

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