Newsletter -- Volume 6, Issue 2

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Volume 6, Issue 2
January 23, 2014
New Beginnings
October to December 2013 Statistics
 STSM staff and volunteers accompanied 83 primary survivors of sexual assault and abuse at the hospital (43 under the age of 17).   STSM staff and volunteers answered 137 hotline calls. STSM staff held 294 individual counseling and crisis intervention sessions.
Genevieve N. Waller, Esq. Executive Director Tammy Szymanski Office Manager Sherry Lewis, LPC Director of Therapy and Outreach Melanie Snipes, LMSW Director of Crisis Services Kayce Singletary, MSW, MPH Community Education Director Mary Dell Hayes Development Coordinator Sarah Moran Nevarez, MSW, MPH Volunteer Services Coordinator Zoe McDowell Sexual Assault Services Coordinator Lauren Weist, LPC Advocate Counselor Yanissa Adrian-Silva, LMSW Bilingual Victim Advocate Amy Meldau, LMSW Group Services Coordinator Alexis Stratton, MFA Prevention Education Coordinator Alice Fields, MA Abuse in Later Life Coordinator Sarah Collins Community Advocate & Prevention Specialist (Sumter)
Upcoming Events
Feb. 8, Feb 22, March 8, March 22, 2014 Imagine If Workshops Register: Alexis Stratton, Jan. 25, Jan. 26, Feb. 1, Feb. 2 Volunteer Advocate Training Apply: Sarah Nevarez, April 3 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff Tapps Arts Center April17 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Register: April 24 Denim Day Register your office to participate: May 12 Tee It Up For STSM Golf Tournament Golden Hills Country Club May 31-June 5 Volunteer Advocate Training Apply: Sarah Nevarez,
STSM supports survivors in recovery from the trauma associated with sexual assault and abuse and educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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Board Member of the Quarter Phil Bailey
Phil Bailey is the Director of the South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus and is a graduate of the College of Charleston. Since joining STSM’s Board of Directors at the beginning of the 2013-2014 fiscal year Phil has played an active role in fundraising activities. Phil recruited a number of hosts for the 30th anniversary celebration and participates as a member of the Resource Development Committee. “Phil is committed to STSM’s goal to increase individual and corporate giving. He has been an active contributor since his first day of service and a great supporter of STSM’s mission.” Jay Hamm, President, STSM Board of Directors
2013-2014 STSM Board of Directors
Jay Hamm, Palmetto Health President Wendy Fuess, Wells Fargo Vice President Guy Bradley, SCANA Corp. Secretary/Treasurer Jason Bradley, BCBS of SC Ex-Officio Kristian Cross, Collins & Lacy At Large Sheryl McAlister, PR Consultant At Large Phil Bailey, SC Senate Democratic Caucus Leon Bullard, Retired Physician
Volunteer of the Quarter Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson initially completed Volunteer Advocate Training in June 2011. Since that time, she has spent thousands of hours on call and over 450 hours working directly with survivors at the hospital and on the hotline. Ashley is also a strong supporter of STSM in the community, attending or volunteering at many of our events and recommending that many of her friends volunteer. Ashley Johnson is an alumni of the University of South Carolina. Ashley earned her Bachelor's in Media Arts, and she aspires to use her media expertise to produce projects that touch on, and benefit sexual assault and abuse survivors. She said, "For me, becoming a volunteer was about humanizing the statistics. I would get lost in the statistics, and sometimes it helps to see the face that belongs to the number." “Ashley’s common sense approach to her volunteer work helps her to tackle misconceptions about sexual violence in the community in a very approachable fashion. She is always a pleasure to work with.” Sarah Nevarez, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Emily Donaldson, BCBS of SC Steven Johnson, BCBS of SC Thomas A. McDermott, SC Army National Guard Dee Moise, Davis Moise CPA Chris Pierson, SCANA Corp. John Wilkinson, USA Eshop
Save the Date Thursday, April 17, 2014
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STSM supports survivors in recovery from the trauma associated with sexual assault and abuse and educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
STSM Celebrates 30 Years of Hope and Healing
More than 250 community members came to 701 Whaley on Tuesday, November 12 to celebrate STSM’s 30th anniversary. Guests enjoyed delicious food from local favorites like Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse and Café Strudel. Local singer Cathy Jansen sang popular hits to fill the background. Guests received a strand of pearl beads at the door to symbolize the traditional 30th anniversary gift. The 30th anniversary celebration featured healing stations where guests could try out the techniques STSM counselors and prevention educators use in their daily work. A candy station invited guests to practice mindfulness. Art and play stations encouraged positive self esteem and reflection. When all the decorations were packed away, STSM raised almost $35,000. Because of the generous donations of local businesses to provide food, beverage, and entertainment, 95% of the funds raised will go directly to support STSM services for survivors of sexual violence and prevention education.
Thanks to our generous hosts for their support... Patti and Jimmy Addison Dr. Janice Bacon Carrie and Moe Baddourah Colleen Bozard Dr. Sally Boyd Dr. Judy Burgis Malissa Burnette Dr. and Mrs. Tom Carzoli Senator and Mrs. John Courson Senator and Mrs. Ronnie Cromer John Delgado Allison and Will Edwards Elaine and Gaston Fairey Lyn Phillips and Bob Hallman Elizabeth Todd and Robert Heckel Senator and Mrs. Darrell Jackson Senator and Mrs. Kevin Johnson Kelli Kennison and Tina Johnson Senator and Mrs. Joel Lourie Senator and Mrs. Shane Massey Senator and Mrs. Thomas McElveen Barbara and Bob Livingston Sheryl McAlister Carla and JC Moore Anne Sinclair and Julian Ruffin Senator and Mrs. John Scott Senator and Mrs. Nikki Setzler Senator Katrina Shealy SC Women Lawyer’s Association Representative and Mrs. James Smith Jack Swerling Eddie Weinberg
Guests enjoyed activity stations that simulate activities STSM counselors use in therapy to help survivors with mindfulness, self esteem, and processing traumatic experiences.
The STSM “Founding Mothers” who worked for several years in the early 1980’s to build Rape Crisis Network. RCN’s name was changed to STSM in 2000 to reflect the comprehensive services offered.
Grapes and Gallery donated a canvas and art supplies for guests to paint a work of hope and healing to display at STSM’s office. STSM uses art therapy in group and individual counseling to assist clients in processing trauma.
Many thanks to our sponsors and partners who made our 30th anniversary successful!
Ben Arnold Beverage Companies
Grapes and Gallery Linda Phillips Catering Mast General Store The Melting Pot Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse Sam’s Fine Wine and Spirits WalMart
Thanks to our generous community partners for donating food, beverages, and activity stations.
Bourbon Café Strudel Columbia Printing and Graphics Conquest Brewing Dupre Catering and Events Fast Signs
STSM supports survivors in recovery from the trauma associated with sexual assault and abuse and educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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Prevention and Education
By the Numbers
STSM’s Community Education and Outreach Program provides education to adults and youth in Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Sumter counties. From July to September we completed 56 sessions and educated 465 youth and 913 adults. For more information or to schedule a presentation: Kayce Singletary,
Imagine If
The sound of drums pulsing through the air. A brushstroke of red paint. Words scribbled across a page. All of these might bring our community one step closer to making a world without violence. How, you may ask? Last fall, STSM launched a new arts and anti -violence initiative called "Imagine If: Envisioning a World without Violence," which asks community members to imagine a world without violence and then bring that world to life via art of all media and genres. While we’re asking for general submissions, STSM is also partnering local artists and organizations, including Tapp’s Arts Center in downtown Columbia, to conduct free arts workshops responding to the theme. Recent workshops have included a photography walk downtown, a poetry workshop, and even a drum circle. By using the creative process and engaging with the arts community, we hope to educate community members about sexual violence, its prevention, and its eventual eradication. STSM will use a selection of the pieces created through this campaign to be displayed at the kickoff for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) on April 3 at Tapp's Arts Center in downtown Columbia, as well as at other SAAM events. At the SAAM kickoff, project participants and other local writers, artists, and musicians will be invited to speak out about violence and its prevention while sharing their creative works. Selected works will also be displayed at Tapp's Arts Center during the duration of SAAM. Thus, this campaign will educate and inspire community members to envision the end of sexual violence while allowing them the space to speak out about their own and their community’s experiences.
School of the Quarter
STSM always has a wonderful experience at BatesburgLeesville High School, and this quarter was no exception. Prevention Education Coordinator Alexis Stratton presented six sessions of STSM’s Youth Violence Prevention (YVP) Program in Scott Thomas’s Sports Medicine class, and Coach Thomas’s enthusiasm and engagement were impressive.
Imagine If Workshops

“Coach Thomas takes the issue very seriously, and his students follow suit,” Stratton said. “I also always appreciate how he sets students up for discussion. He introduces our sessions with questions for the students to ponder and brings in important connections to their daily lives as well. We’re already looking forward to working with them again.”
If you’re interested in contributing creative pieces, participating in a workshop, or donating art supplies, contact Alexis Stratton, Prevention Education Coordinator! For more information, visit: Workshops are held on Saturdays at Tapp’s Arts Center and typically begin at 1:00 p.m. Feb. 8, Feb. 22, March 8, March 22
STSM supports survivors in recovery from the trauma associated with sexual assault and abuse and educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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Counseling and Crisis Intervention
Art, Yoga, Pets and Therapy
STSM recently completed the third round of Art Group Therapy and Yoga Group Therapy funded by a generous grant from the Parrish Family Foundation. In the past few years, STSM has worked to incorporate more alternative healing modalities including art, movement, mindfulness, and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) into individual and group counseling interventions. Recent research in neuroscience demonstrates that to master trauma, it is necessary to access the nonverbal right hemisphere through images, sounds, and movements, and then to enable it to communicate with the left hemisphere to gain cognitive and affective mastery. To respond to this research, STSM’s clinical program Pet Therapy Dog Max headed by Sherry Lewis, LPC, Director of Therapy and Outreach, has developed methods to incorporate the Complementary and Alternative Treatments into our more theoretically grounded Cognitive -Behavioral, trauma -focused therapy modalities. This marriage of alternative and traditional modalities is an important and comprehensive method for treating trauma survivors in a holistic manner.
Group painting created in art therapy
Community Partner of the Quarter Lyssa Harvey
Lyssa Harvey, Ed.S., is a Licensed Professional counselor and owner of The Art and Play Therapy Center of South Carolina. She is a teacher, therapist, and artist and is very active throughout the Midlands. Lyssa began working with STSM's Group Services Program two years ago providing art therapy groups for clients involved in the Clinical Program. Lyssa's art therapy group has enhanced the healing process of many survivors. She combines the unique art medium with traumainformed care to give survivors another medium for exploring and expressing their journey from victims to survivors. "Lyssa has great enthusiasm for the work she does with our clients. She is able to connect with them in a profound and unique way. Her creativity is contagious, and I love seeing what our clients create and learn about themselves in her groups." -Amy Meldau, Group Services Coordinator
In f ac t, th es e “Some events are alternative healing so devastating that strategies of art, relaxation, and movement words fail, and the provide a “toolkit” of cognitive-behavioral arts become the and mind-body stress management best way to say techniques that are also based on cognitivewhat presses for behavioral theories of change. One release.” important aspect of these alternative healing mechanisms is mindfulness, which -Judith Rubin is defined as “paying attention in a Artful Therapy particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Mindfulness is seen as an important agent of change because it shifts the individual’s perspective in a way that counteracts survivors’ reactive, intrusive, and ruminative thoughts. Our clinical and group services program looks forward to continuing to employ and expand our use of Cognitive-Processing with these alternative healing modalities to give survivors the best available and evidence based treatment to aid in their healing journey.
Survivor Testimonials
"The independent therapy and art group therapy complement one another. I have been making use of my new skills of learning about my emotions via creativity." "The first painting I did was very cool because I had never been able to express myself in any way about my abuse before. Even the colors of the paint allowed me to express myself in a way that words would not."
Participants practice yoga in group therapy
PTSD Research Quarterly (2012). Complementary and Alternative Treatments. Volume 23/No. 2: Strauss, J & Lang, Ariel J. Carey, Lois (2006). Expressive and Creative Arts Methods for Trauma Survivors. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
STSM supports survivors in recovery from the trauma associated with sexual assault and abuse and educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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CORPORATE PARTNERS__ BlueCross BlueShield of SC Lexington Medical Center Palmetto Health $250 TO $499_____________ Adele and Blake Amick Dr. Janice Bacon Dr. Tom Carzoli Emily Donaldson MONTHLY DONORS_____ Debbie Billings & James Thrasher Jamie Early Mary Audrey Finazzo Alexis Stratton John Frick Sharon and Mike Gray Joe McCulloch Connelly-Anne and Jay Ragley Anne Sinclair St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church $10,000 AND ABOVE______ Junior League of Columbia Lipscomb Family Foundation Pennington Law Firm, LLC $100 TO $249_____________ Austin Blackmon Helen and Edward Klutters Shirley Kuiper Addie McAlister Sheryl McAlister McGregor and Company Chris Pierson $500 TO $999_____________ Bell and Weaver Law Firm, LLC Charlotte and Joe Berry Jason Bradley Nancy and Jim Bradley Cheryl and Leon Bullard CCM Investment Advisers, LLC Dee Moise Southeastern Freight Lines St. Peters Catholic Church Unitarian Universalist Congregation UP TO $99_____________ Betty Amick Susan Amick Whit Ashley Katie Austin Nancy Barton Coretta Bedsole Glenn Bell SC State Federal Credit Union University of South Carolina Buford Summer Mary and Samuel Waters Eve and David Wilson
UP TO $99_____________ Moss and Penny Blachman Jennifer Boatwright Sally Boyd Stephen Bozard Chappelle Broome Donna Bryant Teresa Butkus Dawn Catalano Maureen Clark Clyburn Pope and Price, LLC Amy Coward Kristian Cross Elizabeth Crum Tina Cundari
UP TO $99_____________ Kennerly McLendon Mandy Medlock Matthew Melton Cheryl Neuner Liz Norris Lee Patterson Tricia Phaup Allison and Chris Plyler Donna Privette Michelle Provost-Wassell Donna Ragsdale Francis and John Register Michael Rentiers Derek Riley SC Student Loan Corporation Beth Sherouse Coles Badger and Jeffrey Slifer Harry Smithson Julie Smithwick Kerry Stubbs Bethany and Errol Tisdale Kathia Valverde Ginny and Ed Waller Lynn Weber Millercin Weeks Eddie Weinberg John Wilkinson Taylor Wilson YWCA of the Upper Lowlands
$1,000 AND ABOVE______ James Black* Incarnation Lutheran Church Parrish Family Foundation Rotary Club of the Vista Night Randy and Jane Senn
Susan and Gary Davis Dorothy Edgerton Jane Emerson Ellen Emerson-Yaghjian Kirkman Finlay Gwendelyn Geidel Carolyn and Jay Hamm Judy and James Hamm Lyssa Harvey Jennifer Hung Jan Jernigan Heidi Johnson Kaye Jones Diane and Steven Junis John Kassel Elaine Latten Susan Lourie Mike Lumpkin Debra Lundberg
Survivors of sexual violence need our help. Please make a secure online donation to STSM to support survivors of sexual assault and abuse and to prevent sexual violence in our community, or mail your tax-deductible check to the following:
STSM 3830 Forest Drive, Suite 201 Columbia, SC 29204
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