2nd Annual Illuminate Austin Kicks Off to Benefit Safe Families

January 2, 2015

On February 21, the community will come together once again to say no to domestic violence and sexual abuse with the 2nd Annual Illuminate Austin event. Mueller Lake Park will be lined with luminarias decorated in memory of those lost to domestic violence and in honor of those who survived while community members come together […]

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How UT got it right on sexual assault

August 5, 2014

More than 50 colleges are currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for mishandling sexual assault cases. But right now at the University of Texas at Austin, we’re seeing a model for how college administrations should handle these cases: by supporting survivors from the very beginning. Head football coach Charlie Strong may be the best […]

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Foster in Austin Prepares for First Placement

August 13, 2013

by Julia Null Smith, Sr. Director of Marketing & Communications, LIFT Alliance Tuesday, August 13, 2013 It would be wonderful if every child who was removed from an abusive home by the state could look forward to a future of stability, support, and recovery.  But unfortunately, the reality often falls far short of that. All […]

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Summertime Challenges

July 22, 2013

by Katelyn Gorski, Communications Assistant Monday, July 22 2013 Summer can be a trying time for children and families. Crime rates and food insecurity are both higher during these months. More than 21 million kids in the United States get free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. Once school gets out, only 3 million […]

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June 27, 2013

by Katelyn Gorski, Communications Assistant, SafePlace Thursday, June 27 The Center for Public Policy Priorities’ National KIDS COUNT 2013 data book is out. The report ranks the well-being of Texas kids in four categories: economic, education, health care and family and community. Overall, we are ranked 42nd in the nation for childhood well-being (up from 44th). This […]

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Child Neglect Just as Dangerous, Damaging as Child Abuse

February 5, 2013

Texas bears the unfortunate distinction in leading the nation in reported cases of child abuse.  Last year, the Texas Dept. of Family & Protective Services reported 74,258 cases in Texas. Here’s the breakdown of those cases by type of abuse: 48,999 Neglectful Supervision 11,789 Physical Abuse 5,931 Sexual Abuse 4,679 Physical Neglect 1,583 Medical Neglect […]

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