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My Journey to Become a Blogger at Safe Connections

By Lisa Simani This is my first blog post at Safe Connections. The plan is to contribute content regularly, so I’d like to introduce myself in the hopes that you might feel some connection with me and decide to become a regular reader. I’m a nurse practitioner with a dual degree in nonprofit marketing and Read More…

February 13th, 2018

Help Raise Awareness of Teen Dating Violence in February #TDVM

By Jae Williams Feb. 13, 2018—St. Louis, MO   For young people, the teenage years are a time of exploration, navigating the gap between childhood and young adulthood. There are new responsibilities, pressures, and experiences. Romance and dating relationships are a part of this unique phase of life. However, these same relationships can change dramatically Read More…

February 13th, 2018

New STL Interactive Map of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

By Kathy Recto Feb. 13, 2018—St. Louis, MO Looking for a fast and easy way to locate domestic and sexual violence services in St. Louis? Check out this new free interactive mapping website provided by the St. Louis Family Violence Council. More Than a Map It starts by showing you relevant crisis, legal, support, and education Read More…

New Missouri Laws | 2017 Changes You Need to Know

By Laura Kaimann, MSW Student, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis The state of Missouri has just begun the 2018 legislative session. There’s no better time to look at changes to laws that came out of the 2017 session. Included are the thoughts of staffers here at Safe Connections Read More…

December 1st, 2017

#MeToo…Reclaiming My Life After Rape

Happy Holidays. My name is Kris*, and I am a former client of Safe Connections. I want to thank you. Although you probably do not know me, you saved my life. For that, you have my sincerest gratitude. Several years ago, I was drugged at a bar, taken off somewhere, and raped. At first, I Read More…

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…