Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Imagine If/SAAM Kickoff Party
Imagine If we lived in a world without sexual violence. What would it look like? How will we get there? Join us Thursday, April 3, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Tapp's Arts Center in downtown Columbia for our kickoff of Sexual Assault Awareness month. This free event will feature creative responses that showcase visions of a world without violence, including art by students, community members, and local artists. The kickoff will culminate in an open mic night, so bring your best reading/singing voices and share your vision with us.
 
Men from across the Midlands will be standing up against sexual abuse and violence, one pair of heels at a time, on Thursday, April 17, 2014, 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! Early Bird Registration is on $15--register online today!
 
 
Start by Believing is a public awareness campaign uniquely focused on the public response to sexual assault.  Because a friend or family member is typically the first person a victim confides in after an assault, each individual’s personal reaction is the first step in a long path toward justice and healing. Knowing how to respond is critical—a negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where sexual assault predators face zero consequences for their crimes. As part of SAAM 2014, STSM will be filming videos and posting them to our social media websites. We would love videos from you, too! More details to come soon. 
 
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 12 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 Alexis Stratton at 803-790-8208 or pec@stsm.org. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE. Space is limited, so register today!
 
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 23, to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault. Please contact Ashley Meador at intern@stsm.org for more information or to requset Denim Day stickers!
 
10th Annual Tee It Up for STSM Golf Tournament

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 14, 2014 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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