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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 18th, 2017

New Year’s Resolution: Shop at Schnucks & Make Safe Connections’ Clients Smile

We’ve Been Chosen! The season of giving is upon us and a new year is quickly approaching! Schnucks has gotten in on the joyful festivities and will be supporting Safe Connections and our clients in two ways during January 2018. 1. Bags 4 My Cause Every month, charitable Schnucks staffers pick a local nonprofit as the recipient 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…

November 7th, 2017
Posted in Events, Fundraising

Thanks for Making Our Lotus Ball a Success

View event photos and photobooth pics! On Friday, November 3, more than 250 people attended our inaugural Lotus Ball gala. Our special guest was former Cardinals player and abuse survivor Rick Ankiel, who discussed the importance of Safe Connections’ mission, and inspired the crowd with his personal story of challenge and perseverance. This event would Read More…

October 20th, 2017

Rick Ankiel Shared His Survivor Story at the Lotus Ball

Safe Connections was thrilled to welcome Cardinals pitcher turned outfielder Rick Ankiel as the keynote speaker at our inaugural Lotus Ball on November 3. Rick shared the story of how he reclaimed his life and his pro-sports career after years of challenges preceded by a childhood of domestic violence. His story is one of tenacity, Read More…

October 8th, 2017
Posted in Uncategorized

Two Opportunities to Snag Movie Tickets and Support our Cause

I Am Evidence Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Plaza Frontenac Cinema Safe Connections is co-sponsoring the screening of “I Am Evidence” regarding our nation’s rape kit backlog. The film follows four rape victims as they seek justice. The film is already winning awards and is produced by SVU’s Mariska Hargitay, founder of the Joyful Read More…