Verizon HopeLine

August 16, 2016

Safe Harbor is fortunate to have many long-term, dedicated partners who are invested in our mission. One of those partners is Verizon. Yesterday, we received $20,000 in funding to use toward prevention efforts, specifically our Relationship Education Project.

“Last year, when you came to my school, I realized I was in an abusive relationship. He would push me and hit me. He made me feel so stupid. He was always pressuring me to do things (sexually) that I didn’t want to do. Your presentation helped me to get the courage to leave the relationship. I was so happy to see you back this year and now realize how important your message is. You never know who you might be helping.”

REP (Relationship Education Project) is Safe Harbor’s prevention program, providing education on healthy relationships and teen dating violence prevention to thousands of students annually in middle schools and high schools throughout Safe Harbor’s four-county service area.

National statistics state that 1 in 3 teens experience violence in a relationship. Two-thirds of them never report it to anyone. Females between the ages of 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group. And in South Carolina, where we are ranked number one in the nation for deaths of women by men and have ranked in the top ten for almost 20 years, it is critical for us to address the issue of domestic violence before it’s too late.

We are so thankful to Verizon for their support in furthering healthy relationship education in our community.

To learn more about Hopeline visit: http://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/hopeline

To learn more about the Relationship Education Project visit: https://www.repsc.org

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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