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November 8th, 2017

Seven Takeaways from #NCHDV

Earlier this fall, seven members of the Safe Connections team attended the 8th Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence (NCHDV) in San Francisco. Big thanks to the federal Victims of Crime Act for the grant that funded this incredible opportunity for our staffers. From September 26-28, the conference brought together 1,200 medical, public Read More…

October 6th, 2017

The Clothesline Project: Raising Awareness in October

Each year in October, Safe Connections is proud to be a part of YWCA Woman’s Place annual Vigil for Women’s Safety and the Clothesline Project. People throughout the St. Louis community gather to support women who have experienced violence while remembering those who did not survive. In collaboration with Safe Connections, the vigil will feature a Read More…

June 20th, 2017
Posted in Prevention, Teen

Meet Roosevelt Gilmore, Prevention Educator for Guys Groups

Where did you go to school, and what did you study? I attended Florida International University (FIU) and majored in Psychology. What do you love about working at Safe Connections? I like the importance of self-care that is promoted at Safe Connections. It’s good to come to work and know that your health is valued Read More…

May 12th, 2017

13 Reasons Why Not

The Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has been stirring up controversy ever since it’s release. Some experts are saying that its graphic displays of suicide and rape are not only triggering, but dangerous, especially considering the target audience is young adults. Please use self-care when choosing what TV shows and movies to watch. Stories of Read More…

April 5th, 2017

Kara’s Story: Starting Over After Sexual Assault

“Safe Connections saved my life. It restarted me. I tell everyone about Safe Connections.” After a night out, Kara woke up with no recollection of what happened to her the evening before. She remembered being at a bar before it all went blank. After awhile, the flashbacks started. She was able to piece together that Read More…

March 8th, 2017

Yoga and Community Partnership Help Trauma Survivors

Thanks to its many physical, emotional and spiritual benefits, yoga has gained significant popularity over the past decade. It has become more accessible and less intimidating. More and more, research supports yoga as an effective and holistic tool in a comprehensive approach to trauma recovery. In fact, yoga therapy is offered at Safe Connections as Read More…

January 11th, 2017
Posted in Prevention

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Human trafficking has a misleading reputation as something that only happens overseas…That is not the case. As a form of modern day slavery it exists within the United States as a multi-million dollar industry. Victims of human trafficking are coerced into situations for labor and/or sexual purposes. Missouri, because of its geographical location in our Read More…

October 14th, 2016

Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence

For Chantel, domestic violence became a pattern. She ended her eight-year marriage because she knew couldn’t live with her husband’s physically violent outbursts anymore. She had tried to encourage him to seek help for his post-traumatic stress disorder after he returned from battle post 9/11, but he refused repeatedly and the beatings continued. That’s when Read More…

October 1st, 2016

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October typically marks the beginning of the holiday season, with Halloween right around the corner. It also marks the beginning of domestic violence awareness month. It’s a scary fact that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience abuse from their significant others at some point in their lifetimes. So each of us know several someones Read More…

June 9th, 2016

An Open Letter to the Stanford Sexual Assault Survivor

We hope you’ve had a chance to read the 12-page letter that one survivor wrote and read to the man who sexually assaulted her. With over 11 million shares, her letter quickly went viral and is helping people engage in tough conversations about rape culture and victim shaming in our country. Safe Connections’ Development and Marketing Intern, Emily, penned Read More…