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Piper Stege Nelson, Chief Public Strategies Officer
SAFE | Press Releases
SAFE & Sound benefit concert returns on Aug. 29 at Stubb’s
Austin, TX— SAFE & Sound returns this summer for a night that celebrates Austin, local music, and raises funds and awareness to support The SAFE Alliance as they serve survivors of violence in Central Texas.
SAFE launches app for working with child abuse victims with disabilities
Austin, TX — SAFE’s Disability Services recently launched the All Kids SAFE digital guide to support law enforcement and other child abuse investigators working with child victims who have disabilities or who are Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and hard of hearing (DDBDDHH).
SAFE’s Touch A Truck Returns for a Fun-Filled Family Event
Austin, TX—Touch-A-Truck, one of Austin’s most exciting family-friendly events, is returning to Camp Mabry on Saturday, May 11, 2019.
SAFE to Hold 2nd Annual SAFEMen Forum
Austin, TX— On April 23, 2019, SAFE will hold the 2nd annual SAFEMen Forum to gather local leaders and create concrete plans on how they and their institutions will work to break the cycle of violence and create a culture of respect.
SAFE Introduces The SAFE Institute to Foster Healthy, Respectful Workplaces
Austin, TX— SAFE announced the launch of The SAFE Institute, a new initiative created to bring SAFE’s valuable experience to organizations that are committed to cultivating safe, respectful spaces.
SAFE Expands Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Clinic
Austin, TX— SAFE’s Eloise House, which administers a majority of sexual assault forensic exams in Austin, recently expanded its facilities to better serve survivors of sexual assault in Central Texas.
Touch-A-Truck raises funds for SAFE’s Children’s Shelter
Austin, TX— Touch-A-Truck, one of Austin’s most exciting family-friendly events, is returning to Camp Mabry on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Kids can touch, climb on, and explore 60+ vehicles of all shapes and sizes–like ambulances, fire trucks, bulldozers, or military transporters.
Community Needs Assessment Analyzes Local Sexual Assault Response
Austin, TX— A recently published Community Needs Assessment provides a comprehensive analysis of the needs and challenges for sexual assault response in our Central Texas community. This assessment reveals that the community has made great strides in our sexual assault response systems, but that there remains much room for improvement in all parts of the system.
SAFE Launches Consent Isn’t Cheesy Campaign
Austin, TX— The SAFE Alliance’s Expect Respect program, which educates youth in over 40 local schools about building healthy and safe relationships, is launching the Consent Isn’t Cheesy campaign during the month of February to engage young people in conversations about consent.
SAFE Launches SAFEMen Pledge
Austin, TX— As reports of widespread sexual harassment and assault continue to surface, the spotlight is on the numerous men who have taken advantage of countless women. The SAFE Alliance is asking men to commit to ending the cycle of violence by signing the SAFEMen Pledge. Read More…
Touch-A-Truck Puts Kids in the Driver’s Seat
Austin, TX— Touch-A-Truck, one of Austin’s most exciting family-friendly events, is returning to Camp Mabry on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Kids can touch, climb on, and explore 40+ vehicles of all shapes and sizes–like ambulances, fire trucks, bulldozers, or military transporters.This family-friendly event (just $5 a ticket!) has something for everyone: food trucks, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train rides, games and adventures in the Kid Zone, just to name a few. Read More…
SAFE Named a ‘2017 Best Nonprofit To Work For’
Austin, Texas— SAFE, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, has been named one of the nation’s top 50 “Best Nonprofits To Work For” in 2017, ranking 21st overall and 2nd in the large organizations category (250+ employees). Read More..
On SafePlace Campus, Cornyn to Announce New Bill to Help Victims of Domestic Violence TODAY
Austin, Texas — TODAY U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) will announce the introduction of new legislation called the Helping End Abusive Living Situations (HEALS) Act at The SAFE Alliance’s SafePlace campus in Austin. read more…
Austin, Texas — Effective Jan. 1, 2017, Austin Children’s Shelter (ACS) and SafePlace officially merged to become one agency – The SAFE Alliance, or SAFE, stop abuse for everyone. ACS and SafePlace are long-standing and respected human services agencies that have together or separately provided services for those experiencing sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence. All programs and services previously offered and facilitated by ACS or SafePlace are continuing as programs of SAFE. Read more…
(April 6, 2016; Austin, TX) —Austin Mayor Steve Adler will present The SAFE Alliance and the Austin-based, all-female band The Mrs with a proclamation declaring April 8 “Draw the Line Day.” The proclamation honors the work of SAFE and their leadership in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change. The document also honors The Mrs for this week’s release of their new song, “Draw the Line,” which highlights these issues.
(April 5, 2016; Austin, TX) : Austin-based, all-female band The Mrs, announced today a unique partnership with SAFE, a local nonprofit working to end sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence. The Mrs’ newest song and music video, “Draw the Line,” will serve as the primary tool for awareness and fundraising. All proceeds from the new track will go directly to SAFE.
(Jan. 28, 2016; Austin, TX): Just over 1,000 sexual assaults were reported in Travis County last year. A recent Texas Statewide Sexual Assault Prevalence Study, conducted by the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at the School of Social Work at UT Austin, found that only 9.2 percent of sexual assault victims in Texas reported their experiences to the police…. And it’s because we can’t ignore sexual assault that Austin is now the site of a ridesharing debate that has been raging over the last several months. We have become involved with this debate because of the young women we are seeing that report to us they were sexually assaulted by their ridesharing drivers….
(December 16, 2015; AUSTIN, TX): The SAFE Alliance, a partnership of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, has been closely watching the ongoing debate regarding regulation of transportation network companies (TNC’s) in Austin.Beginning in June 2015, we became the primary agency conducting forensic exams for teen and adult sexual assault survivors in Central Texas, which has put us in the unique position…
(September 17, 2015; AUSTIN, TX): In order to deliver more comprehensive services and better address the spectrum of needs for individuals and families affected by violence and abuse, the Boards of Directors of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace have created an operational merger between the two organizations. The new organization is called The SAFE Alliance, or SAFE | Stop Abuse For Everyone.
SAFE | Media Coverage
KXAN, Dec 13
Spectrum News Austin, Dec 2
FOX7, Nov 24
Hilltop Views, Nov 19
The Healthy, Oct 29
Telemundo, Oct 23
DomesticShelters.org, Oct 16
KXAN, Oct 10
KVUE, Oct 9
KVUE, Oct 8
KVUE, Oct 1
We Are Austin, Sept 25
UT Researchers Develop Guide to Notify Sex Assault Survivors of Rape Kit Processing
Spectrum News Austin, Sept 5
New Laws to Combat Human Trafficking, Aid Sexual Assault Survivors Set to Take Effect
Spectrum News Austin, Aug 21
Sexual Assault: What You Need to Know
Spectrum InFocus Texas, July 28
SAFE Disability Services launches All Kids SAFE digital guide
CBS Austin, July 12
SAFE responds to new law regarding rape kit backlogs
KVUE, June 4
Rape victim’s story of survival highlights a growing issue: APD lacks investigators
Austin American-Statesman, May 17
SAFE Alliance gets grant to help with housing
KVUE, May 22
SAFE Institute helping to create safe workplaces
KVUE, May 9
Alianza SAFE busca prevenir abuso infantil con programa de orientación familiar
Telemundo Austin, April 24
SAFE Alliance fighting to prevent child abuse in Austin
KVUE, April 23
Local leaders gathering to discuss ending cycle of violence
FOX7, April 17
Giving City: Forum for men to increase awareness, action
Austin American-Statesman, April 12
Training for Good
Austin Fit Magazine, April 1
Texas Lawmakers Propose Funding Increase to Eliminate Waitlists at Rape Crisis Centers
Texas Observer, March 19
SAFE’s Austin Drop-In Center aids survivors of human trafficking
The Daily Texan, February 26
Expertos aseguran que la violencia y abuso sexual se han convertido en un problema de salud pública
Univision Austin, February 20
Runaway kids may be vulnerable to sex traffickers
KVUE, February 15
SAFE Alliance Discusses CARES Program for Trafficking Survivors
Spectrum InFocus, February 10
Authorities must rebuild trust after sexual assault audits, groups say
Austin American-Statesman, January 17
SAFE Alliance responds to DPS audit on APD sexual assault cases cleared incorrectly
FOX7 Austin, January 17
SAFE Alliance Responds to DPS Sexual Assault Case Audit
Spectrum News Austin, January 17
The SAFE Alliance on Sexual Harassment / Assault
Spectrum In Focus, January 13
Sexual Harassment Training
Spectrum In Focus, January 13
APD detectives to be re-trained amid improperly cleared sexual assault cases
CBS Austin, January 7
Editorial: Faulty numbers don’t help Austin’s rape survivors
Austin American Statesman, January 4
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