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Feeling Safe Cannot Be Taken For Granted


Salley Stepp said SAFE has embarked upon a major fundraising effort to pay for its new shelter. (Photo by Mark Todd)

Feeling safe — that's something most of us take for granted.

But for some people in Transylvania County, reality is something far less comforting.

Living in fear of domestic violence or suffering the pain of physical or emotional abuse is a far different matter.

SAFE is Transylvania County's refuge of safety and understanding for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

SAFE offers a 24-hour hotline, seven days a week, for emergency services and support.

It also offers shelter and counseling for victims.

SAFE's executive director is Salley Stepp. She joined the organization...

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