Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Ambassadors of Change Pinning Ceremony
To kick-off this year's Sexual Assault Awareness Month, 100 local leaders from throughout the Midlands will be taking a pledge to educate and empower the community to end sexual violence. The pledge and pinning ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Please contact Caroline Burns at or (803)790-8208 for more information.

Men from across the Midlands will be standing up against sexual abuse and violence, one pair of heels at a time, on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Hosted by Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, the walk begins at 6:30 p.m. outside the South Carolina State House. This annual event gets men (and women!) involved in the fight against sexual violence and raises awareness about the free, local services STSM provides for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. More than 600 supporters participated last year! register online today!
Richland County Sheriff's Department and Eastminster Presbyterian Church have partnered with STSM to offer a free, women's self-defense course on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department will facilitate the course, which utilizes techniques that are specifically designed for women to reduce the likelihood of victimization. This program empowers women to recognize their strengths and make sound decisions when faced with potentially dangerous situations. For more information, contact Caroline Burns at 803-790-8208 or  Space is limited, and unfortunately this class is fully booked.  You can find other available class dates on the Richland County Sheriff's Department's webpage.
In My Daughter's Name
A staged reading of the play In My Daughter's Name by Becky Boesen at Trustus on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2:00p.m. In My Daughter's Name is a story of a young writer and a grieving mother, trying to make sense of the unthinkable.  100% of the proceeds benefit Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands.  Suggested donation of $20 per person.  There will be a panel discussion with a counselor following the reading.
STSM invites area counselors, social workers, law enforcement, healthcare personnel, advocates, and other helping professionals to participate in this most recent FREE training in the Underserved Survivor Series on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 9:00am - 5:00pm. We will be joined by presenters from PASOs, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, Richland School District 2 Family Intervention Services, and SC Immigrant Victim Network to offer share information about serving Hispanic and Latino survivors of sexual assault and abuse. VSP, LPC, LMFT, non-contact Social Work, and CLEE continuing education credits will be available. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Space is limited!
"The Hunting Ground"
This film follows several survivors of assault and rape as they fight to continue their education and justice at their universities. The film digs into rape culture on college campuses as these survivors are faced with pushback, harassment and the traumatic aftermath. Viewer discretion is advised. Join us on Tuesday, April 28, Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. as we view the film at the Nickelodean Theatre. At Tuesday's viewing, there will be a post-film discussion with representatives from STSM. Tickets can be purchased here.
In Italy in 1992, an 18-year-old girl was raped by her 45-year-old driving instructor. The assailant was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to jail. He appealed the sentence, and the case made its way to the Italian Supreme Court. The Supreme Court released the perpetrator and dismissed all charges. The reasoning behind this was “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” The women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans in protest, and the California Senate and Assembly did the same. Thus, Denim Day was born. Wear jeans on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault. If you would like Denim Day Stickers for your company, please contact Sarah Goode at by Friday, April 3!
About 120 golfers from across the country enjoy 18 holes of 4-Person Captain’s Choice during this annual fundraising event.  The event will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Golden Hills Golf and County Club in Lexington. Team prizes are given, including for Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin, on all par-3 holes. Lunch, dinner, and beverages are provided.  More information on the event and registration will be announced soon.
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