"Hey everyone, it’s Ashley—the girl from the video. I can’t believe it’s already been over a year since it was filmed. Since then, I’ve continued to grow and heal and am even working at an internship with an organization that counsels women who have suffered sexual and emotional abuse. My time at Safe Connections really inspired me to join the cause supporting and empowering sexual abuse survivors. If I could scream it from the rooftops to everyone I would. Safe Connections saved my life! I will never be able to put a price on the help they gave me, but I hope that maybe my story enthuses others to support Safe Connections so that other women will continue getting the help they need."
Risk & Challenges
Safe Connections does a lot of good for the St. Louis community and for survivors like Ashley. But the need is ever-present and more than we can handle. In 2015, there were never fewer than 32 victims waiting for counseling. Some wait as long as six months. At one point, 68 survivors were waiting. Schools asking for our teen dating violence prevention programs are consistently turned away for lack of available educators.
Your donation can help us make life brighter for so many in our community who have dealt with rape, domestic abuse or teen dating violence and have nowhere else to turn.
Help us light up the lotus by reaching our goal.
Featured prominently in the Safe Connections logo, the lotus flower symbolizes purity and rebirth across many different cultures and religions. Lotus flowers are typically found in murky waters, growing from the mud and ultimately rising above the surface of the water as a beautiful bloom. This serves as a symbol for the work Safe Connections' does to help survivors rebuild and reclaim their life after abuse.
What is the mission of Safe Connections?
The mission of Safe Connections is to reduce the impact and incidence of relationship violence and sexual assault through education, crisis intervention, counseling and support services.
Who and how many people do you help?
We help teens and adults who are survivors of rape, sexual and/or domestic violence, and childhood sexual abuse. Our services are offered at no cost. We directly help more than 15,000 people in a typical year. In 2015, we answered more than 4,000 calls on our crisis helpline; provided 5,000 individual counseling sessions to adults and teens; held support sessions for nearly 400 survivors; and educated more than 11,000 teens on healthy relationships.
How long have you been around?
We're proud to be the St. Louis region’s oldest and largest organization working to prevent and end domestic and sexual violence. Founded in 1976, this year we are celebrating 40 years of changing and saving lives. Our services in prevention education, crisis intervention and counseling make a big difference for families and the health of our community.
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