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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“…But isn’t it depressing?”


June 28, 2012

by Coni Huntsman Stogner, Director of Transitional Services In the 15 years I’ve worked at SafePlace, I’ve often been asked how I can work here, and “Isn’t it depressing to hear about abuse all the time?”  The interesting thing is that SafePlace is far from depressing.  The families that come here are all looking to […]

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Holding on to secrets…and releasing them


June 20, 2012

Guest post by Candace, survivor and former SafePlace client My story, like that of any survivor, is hard to share. Should I risk possible embarrassment and judgment from admitting I was in an abusive relationship? Or will it help drive me further into recovery by sharing my voice? During my time at SafePlace, one of […]

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