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Volume 7, Issue 2

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September/October 2014
STAFF
Genevieve N. Waller, Esq.
Executive Director
Jenny Kennedy
Office Manager
Mary Dell Hayes
Development Coordinator
Melanie Snipes, LMSW
Director of Crisis Services
Sherry Lewis, MA, LPC
Director of Therapy and Outreach
Kayce Singletary, MSW, MPH
Community Education Director
Sarah Moran Nevarez
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Lauren Barbien, LPC-I
Advocate Counselor
Amber Hiott, LPC-I
Group Services Coordinator
Lara Brockwell, LMSW
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
Caroline Burns
Prevention Education Coordinator
Bahiyyih Young, Ed.S., NCC
Underserved Survivor Advocacy and
Outreach Project Coordinator
Baron O’Neal
Community Advocate and Prevention
Specialist (Sumter County)
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CONTENTS
Volunteer of the Quarter 1
New staff 1
Continuing Education 2
Agency Statistics 3
OUR VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER IS
APRIL JOHNSON, ADVOCATE AND SPEAKER
April completed training as an advocate in Fall 2014,
and has been a dedicated volunteer ever since—far
exceeding the requirements of the internship for the
University of Pheonix that initially brought her our way.
She has spent over 200 hours on call and assisted 8
survivors by spending nearly 30 hours at the hospital and
on the hotline. April has also volunteered for over 30
hours at events, through STSM's Speaker's Bureau, and
even in assisting with training new advocates for STSM.
From Sarah: "Every time April is involved—from
representing STSM at community events to going to the
hospital with survivors to providing staffing Walk A Mile—I
know it's handled and handled well. She has also truly
become part of the STSM family—not just volunteering for
her required shifts, but coming to events, stopping by the
office, recruiting her workplace for Denim Day, and truly
becoming part of the team!"
WELCOME TO OUR NEW PREVENTION
EDUCATION COORDINATOR, CAROLINE!
Caroline joined the staff of STSM in
August of 2014 after having spent three
years living and working in Sub-Saharan
Africa. A Columbia native, Caroline
attended the College of Charleston where
she graduated in May of 2010 with a
degree in Political Science. Immediately
following graduation, she received a
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to
study at Makerere University in Kampala,
Uganda, followed by two years as a volunteer with the
U.S. Peace Corps in rural Swaziland, primarily providing
educational and empowerment opportunities to teenage
girls. Caroline is a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict who
loves crafting, decorating and trying out new recipes.
UPCOMING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COMMUNITY
U VISAS AND VAWA SELF PETITIONS: THE ADVOCATE’S ROLE
October 24, 2014 10-11 am (Webinar)
This Webinar is hosted by SCCADVASA. Register at this link, or let Sarah know if you’d like to
view in the office.
HOUSING NEEDS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS
October 30, 2014 11-12:30 pm (Webinar)
This Webinar is hosted by the Victim’s Rights Law Center, which hosts monthly webinars for
free! Register at this link, or let Sarah know if you’d like to view in the office.
SERVING DEAF & HARD OF HEARING SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
November 12, 2014 9 am-5 pm at Sisters of Charity Foundation
This is a training STSM is hosting for the community on serving survivors who are deaf or hard
of hearing. You can register through our website, or Contact Bahiyyih with any questions.
PROVIDING ADVOCACY TO CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
December 8, 1-2:30 pm Pacific Standard Time (Webinar)
This Webinar is hosted by the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. Register at
this link, or let Sarah know if you’d like to view in the office.
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RECRUITING OTHERS TO VOLUNTEER:
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
STSM is always searching for great new
volunteers, and one of the major sources of referrals
is our current volunteer pool! The November 2013
newsletter had recruiting tips on page 3. However,
sometimes you may hear that things didn’t work out
or the person wasn’t selected to volunteer with
STSM. If the issue was something like never hearing
back from Sarah, please encourage them to get in
touch—our emails may have been sent to spam or
some other simple miscommunication!
However, at times we have declined a
volunteer applicant. The reasons we might decline an
applicant are:
 If they are a survivor of sexual violence, it must
have been at least a year from their assault, as
well as any counseling or legal proceedings
related to the assault. Any survivor and some
secondary survivors must meet with the Director
of Crisis Services to make sure they are in a good
place. If they do not schedule with her or in her
assessment it would not be healthy for them to
volunteer, their application may be deferred
(typically, with the option to reapply at a later
time).
 Background check results
 During the interview or training, staff or the
applicant realized it was not a good fit
If you refer a volunteer and they were not accepted,
please know that we may not be able to discuss the
reasons why with you. That person has the right to
confidentiality as well!
CE EVENTS HOSTED BY STSM
VOLUNTEER CONTINUING EDUCATION:
SUBSTANCE FACILITATED ASSAULT
Monday October 20, 6-7:30 pm at
the STSM office
Julie Cole, a former STSM staff
member currently with LRADAC, will
present on substance facilitated
assault. She’ll cover the signs/effects
of common substances as well as the
impact of social norms on survivors.
CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR SPEAKER’S
BUREAU: FACILITATING SEXUAL ASSAULT
PRESENTATIONS
Thursday, November 6, 5:30-7 pm
in the STSM office
Kayce will teach interested Speaker’s
Bureau Volunteers how to facilitate
STSM’s presentation on sexual assault.
STSM OPEN HOUSE
December 10, drop in from 3-7 pm
in the STSM office
WINTER ADVOCATE MEETING
December 10, 7-8 pm in the STSM
office
This meeting is for current volunteer
advocates to talk to peers about strate-
gies for effective advocacy, and seek
peer support in their volunteer role.
Contact Sarah to RSVP
for any of these events!
AGENCY STATISTICS FOR AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
HOTLINE CALLS
HOSPITAL
ACCOMPANIMENT
ADVOCACY
COMMUNITY EDUCATION
We had an increased number of hospital calls in August, but great volunteer coverage meant that
volunteers were able to take 74% of calls. Since we had less volunteer coverage in September,
nearly half of the hospital calls were taken by staff as well as the higher number of hotline calls.
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3 events
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Bureau volunteers during
August and September 2014
208
community members
received information
from volunteers
Riverwalk Pavilion at Cayce Riverwalk Park
Axtell Drive & Naples Avenue
Cayce, SC 29033
RSVP by October 23 to Sarah at vsc@stsm.org or (803) 790-8208
Annual Volunteer Appreciation
The staff of Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands know
that we couldn’t accomplish our mission of serving and
supporting survivors and working to end sexual violence
without everything you and our other volunteers do
throughout the year. We’re hosting a volunteer appreciation
event on Saturday, October 25 from 2-5 pm for all of our
volunteers—and you’re also welcome to bring your friends
and family members since we know they support you as well!

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