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! Early Bird Registration is on $15-- 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 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 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 Thursday, April 29, to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault. Please contact Sarah Goode at for more information or to requset Denim Day stickers!
11th 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 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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