Genevieve N. Waller, Esq.
INTRODUCING NEW STSM STAFF MEMBER, ALEXIS STRATTON!
As our new Prevention Education Coordinator, Alexis Stratton helps plan and implement violence prevention strategies and awareness activities throughout our community. How I came to STSM: I first found out about STSM in 2007 and began volunteering for the Speaker’s Bureau in 2009. My admiration for STSM’s work has only grown since then, and I’m so excited to be a part of the education team on a full-time basis! Where I come from: I previously worked as a writer and curriculum developer for the Center for Child and Family Studies and an adjunct instructor for the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at USC. In May 2012, I received my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at USC. In a previous life, I spent time as a freelance writer/editor, a grantwriter in New Orleans, an associate/intern at a campus ministry at USC, and an English teacher in a South Korean high school. What I love about my job: I love being in front of a classroom and watching minds shift and change and grow. It’s also thrilling to be around people who are so passionate about serving survivors of sexual trauma and working to end violence in our communities. Outside of work: I love to write, read, play piano, practice Tae Kwon Do, and cycle. I also have a special affinity for theater and was lucky enough to direct an amazing group of women in USC’s 2013 The Vagina Monologues.
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 Kyra Hufford, LPC-I Amy Meldau, LMSW
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Group Services Coordinator
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
Alexis Stratton, MFA
Prevention Education Coordinator
Janet Rodriguez, MSW
Bilingual Victim Advocate
Megan Monts Sarah Collins
VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER: JAMIE BAKER, ADVOCATE
Abuse in Later Life Coordinator
Community Advocate and Prevention Specialist (Sumter County)
CONTENTS New staff Volunteer of the Quarter Upcoming Events Agency Statistics 1 1 2 2
Jamie has volunteered as an advocate since May 2012. She is on call 48 or more hours per month and has spent over 50 hours at the hospital with survivors. In addition to her work as an advocate, Jamie has also participated in volunteer training and in public events to educate the community about STSM and our services. She is currently a student at Columbia International University and was recently accepted to Clemson University’s Clinical Mental Health Graduate Program. Jamie coaches soccer in day cares, and is getting married in July.
AGENCY STATISTICS FOR MARCH 2013
There were a total of 32 hospital calls in March 2013, more than in February 2013 but less than the average for the first 6 months of 2012. There were a total of 42 hotline calls in March 2013, more than in February 2013 but less than the average in the first 6 months of 2012.
% OF HOTLINE CALLS ANSWERED BY VOLUNTEERS IS UP 179% FROM FEBRUARY 2013
% OF HOSPITAL CALLS ATTENDED BY VOLUNTEERS IS UP 44% FROM FEBRUARY 2013
In March 2013, STSM Volunteer Advocates took 23 hospital calls and 9 hotline calls. Overall, volunteers took 72% of all hospital calls and 21% of all hotline calls.
UPCOMING CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA
On April 18, STSM and supporters will gather at 6 pm outside of the Columbia Convention Center in the Vista to show our support for survivors! You can VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE TRAINING also check out the June 1-6 Clothesline Project at Do you know someone who would make a Walk A Mile. great advocate? Or are you interested in a refresher, given the many changes over the Walk: Register here! past few years? Contact Sarah for more If you haven’t formed your own team, feel free to join my team, the Valient Volunteers (we may or may not have a competition information on advocate training! You can also fulfill your continuing education going among our staff for who has the largest team). Your April requirement by attending portions of Challenge is to register for the Walk and email a copy of your training. registration confirmation to email@example.com! Volunteer: We are still looking for a few volunteers to help us with event setup (3-6 pm, meaning you can still participate in the Walk) and during the event (5:30-8 pm). If you would like to volunteer, please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org! Party: Join us for the Afterparty at Tin Roof—we’ll present our Community Partner Awards during the Afterparty, including Volunteer of the Year! Denim Day: On April 24, employees of businesses across the Midlands will wear denim to work to show their support of survivors. If your business, school or organization is not participating already, get them involved! Want to participate? Contact Liz at email@example.com!
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes:
Friday, April 26, 9:30-11:00 AM Conference Room, 3710 Landmark Dr Join STSM’s staff as Dr. Fairley presents on Military Sexual Trauma.