April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

it's on us toi stop sexual assault

Did you know that one in five women and one in seventy-one men will be raped at some point in their lives?

Join SAFE at any or all of these events to raise awareness about sexual assault, how it affects the victims and our community and what you can do about it!

All Month
Sign the pledge: http://itsonus.org/#pledge
Wear a teal ribbon to show your support.
A Call to Men: Enough's Enough. Call SAFE at 885-7233 for details.

One Billion Rising March & Dance
April 9th 11am Transylvania Farmers Market
(see article below)

Take Back the Night Bonfire & Drum Circle
April 9th 7:30pm Brevard Music Center
(see article below)

Internet Safety Awareness for Educators and Parents: Child Porn, Sexting, and Cyber Bullying
April 12th 6:45pm Transylvania County Rogow Room
Featured Speaker: Don Gast, United States Attorney
Presented by Brevard College Education Program Diversity Forum

Handling the Unexpected
April 16 & 23 10am Community Services Building Conference Room
Discuss awareness as a first line of defense and the mental aspects of self-defense. Learn techniques of Brazilian jiu jitsu such as grip breaking, escapes from the bottom position, choke defense, joint locks and how to apply chokes. Registration and $20 fee required in advance. Contact Susan at 885-7233 to register.

More details will follow about these exciting events. It's up to us to stop sexual assault. Please contact Susan Huter for more information: 885-7233 or susan@safetransylvania.org.

Handling the Unexpected April 16 & 23

As part of our ongoing mission to prevent sexual assault, SAFE will be offering "Handling the Unexpected, a two-part self-defense class that will focus on awareness and the mental aspects of self-defense. It will also teach techniques of Brazilian jiu jitsu such as grip breaking, escapes and choke defense. The class will be taught by Bryan Baldwin of Cross Training Academy in Flat Rock and Detective Danny Godwin of the Brevard Police Department. Both sessions will take place at 10am in the conference room of the Community Services Building at 106 East Morgan Street in Brevard.

Because space is limited, prior registration and payment of the $20 class fee is required. The $20 fee covers both sessions. Call SAFE Director of Prevention Services Susan Huter at 885-7233 to register.

Yoga for Back Pain Part II & III

Come to Yoga for Back Pain to soothe your aches

We are building on our first phenomenally popular Yoga for Back Pain class. Parts II & III will feature more specific and progressively more challenging exercises to really target your pain. Missed the first class? Don't worry. Modifications will always be shown. Work at your own pace.

Join us for Part II on Tuesday, April 19 at 4pm and Part III on Tuesday, May 24 at 4pm. Both classes will take place at Brevard Yoga, suite 211 in the French Broad Place Building. Your tax-deductible donation will benefit local victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Questions? Call Nancy at 885-7233 or email her at Nancy@safetransylvania.org. Thank you instructor Ashleigh and Brevard Yoga, for hosting this wonderful event!

Calling All One Billion Rising Dancers

Rise and Shine Dance Party

Calling all One Billion Rising dancers! The folks at Rise and Shine were so impressed with our "Break the Chain", they have invited us to perform at their Dance Party fundraiser for about 200 people this Saturday, April 23rd at 6:45pm at Straus Open Pavillion at Brevard Music Center on Andante Lane. It's great opportunity to spread our anti-violence message to children and adults alike. Please let us know if you can attend! Call Nancy at 885-7233.

SAFE’s Attic

All-new and located at 370 South Broad Street, Brevard, next to Cardinal Drive In

Martha volunteers at the SAFE office as well as the Attic.

Thank you, Transylvania County, for your support and patience during the move to our new building. We are settled into a larger and brighter space, and thanks to our volunteers and staff, merchandise is more organized and attractively displayed.

But larger and better also means busier. More volunteers are needed and we are looking for dedicated citizens to join our Volunteer Team. We need all of your longstanding help and contributions to fund Transylvania County’s safe house, Stacey’s House, for the adults and children who suffer from domestic abuse and sexual violence. Your support, in whatever form, either volunteering your time or donations in goods or cash, is greatly needed and appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you in our new store and thrifting with us.

We hope you will join our Volunteer Team. Please call SAFE Volunteer Coordinator Randi Bucci at 885-7233 today!

Inspiring Art Donated to Stacey's House

Thank you Kimba for sharing your story and spirit with others.

A fine art portrait entitled "Indigo Goddess" was donated by Kimba Nichols to SAFE, Inc., Transylvania County’s agency for eliminating domestic and sexual violence. It is an artistic representation of the "goddess within" and the empowerment that women receive at Stacey's House, SAFE's shelter for women fleeing domestic violence and sexual assault. "Indigo Goddess" was commissioned by Nichols with Canadian Artist Jonathan Earl Bowser, an artist whose unique figurative images explore the mythological dimensions of human experience. Bowser's intricate paintings are housed in government and corporate collections in Canada, China, Taiwan, and many private collections across North America and Europe.

"I was going through a very rough patch in 2000," said Nichols, "and discovered Jonathan Earl Bowser. His goddess art inspired me and I felt that he could portray my life in a way that would empower me and show me just how far I could go. I have reached my own summit now and am passing the legacy on."

Nichols hopes that "Indigo Goddess" will inspire the residents of Stacey's House with her portraiture of struggle, strife, and ultimate overcoming, represented by her outstretched hand to the heavens above. Like "Indigo Goddess", those at Stacey's House can climb their mountains, mend their tattered lives, and feel secure in the knowledge that they are indeed SAFE at last.

“SAFE is grateful to Kimba for not only sharing her inspiring and beautiful painting, but her uplifting story,” says Associate Director Clare-Marie Hannon. “We are living through a very exciting time when people who have been victims of violence are coming forward, they are speaking out, and they are sharing their stories,” notes Hannon. “They are refusing to believe that they are somehow to blame. And they are proving that people can come through such troubles and emerge with strength and grace. Thank you, Kimba.”

Lady Gaga Sings About Sexual Assault

Watch Lady Gaga's performance from the 2016 Oscars

Watch Lady Gaga's gripping performance of "Til It Happens to You" from the 2016 Oscars. It's a song from the documentary The Hunting Ground about sexual assault on college campuses.

Shelter Aide Wanted

Download full size pdf

SAFE is now accepting applications for a part-time shelter aide at our shelter for families escaping domestic and sexual violence. Availability overnight is a must. You may download an application, and email it, a resume, and any references to us. You may also bring it to our office at 50 E Appletree St, Brevard (behind SAFE's Attic). Or mail it to SAFE, Inc., PO Box 2013, Brevard, NC 28712. We'd love to have you join us!

Watch the SAFE Documentary!

Friend Raising Fair

Channel 70 Productions has made a documentary film about SAFE, Inc! It's called " Be SAFE. Help for victims of domestic abuse. What to expect." Click here to watch "Be SAFE" on YouTube.

We are very honored to have been chosen by a write-in vote to win this amazing opportunity. More than 80 people volunteered their time to help showcase the help that SAFE and our larger community offer to people affected by sexual and domestic violence.

Thank you for joining us our in our mission to eliminate sexual & domestic violence in Transylvania County.

NC Council for Women

Thanks to our supporters at the NC Council for Women.

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