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Self Care is Hard

Mary Dell Hayes is the Development Coordinator at STSM. Mary Dell previously served as the Volunteer Services Coordinator at STSM from 2008-2012. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina and is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration.

A Day In The Life At STSM

Melanie Snipes is the Director of Crisis Services at STSM. Melanie started at STSM in 2008 as the Sexual Assault Services Coordinator and also served as the Group Services Coordinator before being promoted to the DCS position. Melanie obtained her Master's in Social Work from the University of South Carolina and received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Lander University in Greenwood, SC. 

Later Life Advocate Position with Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission

Check out this great job opportunity with the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission! 

Please note that the below position is NOT housed at STSM.


Later Life Advocate

Job Title: Abuse in Later Life Advocate (30 hours/week, Oct.1, 2014-Sept. 30, 2015) 

Salary: $25,000 

Reports To: Director, Council on Aging, Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice or related field 

On “What’s Bahiyyih’s Title Again?” and Playing Well with Others

Bahiyyih Young serves as STSM's Underserved Survivor Advocate and Outreach Project Coordinator. In this post, Bahiyyih shares a little bit about her day to day work and what that long title really means. Bahiyyih studied psychology and theatre as an undergraduate at USC, holds an educational specialist’s graduate degree in Marriage, Couples, & Family Counseling from USC, and has experience serving youth in foster care, at-risk youth & families, students in higher education, and individuals with disabilities.

How Men Can Prevent Sexual Violence Against Women

This week's guest blog is written by Matthew Facciani. Matt volunteers with STSM's Speakers Bureau and has represented STSM at several events and helped to recruit many STSM supporters. He is a doctoral student in the Experimental Psychology Department at USC.

Date Rape Isn't Just A Drug

STSM is honored to work with many compassionate and committed volunteers. One of our awesome advocates anonymously shares why she volunteers with STSM.

We flirted in high school, but didn’t really keep in touch through college. I ran into him one day and he asked me out for dinner. We had pizza, laughed over a few beers and all those flirtatious feelings came back. The check came and I didn’t want the night to end. He was just as charming as ever and he was walking me to my door. I’d known him for years and so I didn’t feel threatened, and invited him into my home. 

Why I Volunteer

Guest Blogger Patrick Anderson is STSM's Volunteer of the Quarter for June of 2014. Patrick's compassionate nature helps him to successfully connect the survivors he serves at the hospital to STSM counseling services. Patrick has responded to 10 hospital calls in the year he has served as an advocate. Patrick serves on STSM's Speakers Bureau and also speaks on the Advocate Panel to help train new advocates. STSM staff especially love when Patrick comes by as he usually brings cookies and milk.

Denim Day

Why I Walk: Rachel Martin

Rachel Martin, a senior at USC, guest blogs this week to let us know why she participates in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, and the power the event holds in the process of healing and hope for survivors in our community.

Walking About A Revolution

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