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January/February 2015
STAFF
Genevieve N. Waller, Esq.
Executive Director
Providencia Borgstadt, MBA
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
Amy Fisher, M.A., LPC/I
Advocate Counselor
Amber Hiott, M.Ed, LPC/I
Group Services Coordinator
Lara Brockwell, LMSW
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
Bahiyyih Young, Ed.S., NCC
Underserved Survivor Advocacy and
Outreach Project Coordinator
Baron O’Neal
Community Advocate and Prevention
Specialist (Sumter County)
Caroline Burns
Prevention Education Coordinator
Alison Salisbury
Community Education Assistant
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CONTENTS
New staff & Social Media 2
Continuing Education 3
Agency Statistics 4
Yvette Lebby is our Volunteer of
the Quarter. Yvette completed
advocate training in February
2014 and has spent over 54 hours
serving survivors on behalf of
STSM since that time. In the past
year, she has accompanied 10
survi vors duri ng evi dence
collection at the hospital and has
answered 9 hotline calls.
Yvette's positive attitude and
informed perspective have also
been much appreciated during
vol unt ee r t r ai ni ngs and
events. She came to STSM with previous experience in the
business world, as a victim's advocate in the court system,
and as a guardian ad litem.
Yvette is extremely empathetic and compassionate
towards survivors. During a difficult case in early January
2015, her advocacy for the survivor so impressed a
forensic nurse examiner that the nurse sought out STSM
staff to commend Yvette's 'absolutely amazing' support of
the survivor. This makes Yvette truly worthy of the
Volunteer of the Quarter recognition!
FLU WARNING
The flu season struck the Midlands badly this winter—we
had one of the highest flu rates in the nation and many of
the flu cases were of a particularly dangerous strain.
Although hopefully flu is now on the decline for the year,
it’s important to always be alert to infectious disease at
the ER or at large events. Use hand sanitizer or wash your
hands before touching your face or after encountering a
new individual. Also be alert to the fact that individuals at
the ER for one reason (such as a sexual assault) may also
be affected by the flu!
VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER: ADVOCATE
YVETTE LEBBY
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GET SOCIAL!
Does your social network include STSM? Here are some ways you can include
us! Follow our blog, Twitter, or Linked In page. On Facebook, you can follow
our page to see what we’re up to and share our posts with your friends, join on
to events like Walk A Mile, and join the private volunteer group!
WELCOME TO OUR NEW OFFICE MANAGER, PROVI!
Providencia Borgstadt joined STSM as our office manager in
December 2014. She received her Master's Degree in Business
Administration from Webster University and her Bachelor’s Degree
in Business Administration from Southern Wesleyan University.
Provi has over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance
and currently teaches accounting and finance courses at the
college level. It is Provi’s desire to help people that led her to
STSM. In her spare time, Provi enjoys spending time with her
husband and her two children.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW ADVOCATE COUNSELOR, AMY!
Amy Fisher joined STSM as our Advocate Counselor in December
2014. Her prior experience focused on individual and group
counseling and developing treatment plans, with particular focus on
addictions. She previously worked at LRADAC, the Young Female
Offenders Institutional Program at Camille Graham Correctional
Institute, and The Oaks program of Christ Central Ministries. She
received her Master's in Counseling from Columbia International
University and her Bachelor's in Communications from the University
of South Carolina Aiken. Amy is passionate about working with
individuals who struggle with life issues and believes that every
person, if given the proper tools, knowledge and resources, can find
a path to their own personal healing and success. In her spare time,
Amy enjoys spending time with friends and family at the lake and
beach.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MARKETING COORDINATOR, EMILY!
Emily Martin joined STSM as our marketing coordinator in
January 2015, after serving as a marketing intern working with
staff on Walk A Mile and other events in Spring 2014. Emily will
graduate from the University of South Carolina with a
Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a minor in Political
Science in May of 2015. This is a new position for the agency
and Emily will work on raising awareness of STSM in the
community and ensuring that STSM is recognized as the leading
expert in sexual violence prevention and serving survivors of
sexual violence. In her free time, Emily likes to watch the
Carolina Gamecocks, jog along the Riverwalk, and travel to the
beach.
UPCOMING EDUCATION
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE
COMMUNITY
MANDATED REPORTING WHEN THE
CHILD HAS SPECIAL NEEDS
Available upon request
(Webinar)
This Webinar is available on
demand from the Children’s Law
Center at USC. You can access it
and any of their other free trainings
through their website.
GROUP FACILITATOR TRAINING
February 27-March 1
This training is intended to train
individuals who are already in or
have completed a master’s degree
program in counseling or social
work in the models that STSM uses
in our groups. Volunteer Group
Facilitators learn evidence-based
client group curricula, and gain
experience facilitating client &
psychoeducational groups. Contact
STSM’s Group Services Coordinator,
Amber, for more information.
SPEAKER’S BUREAU TRAINING
March 7, 9-3:30 pm in the STSM
office
The Speaker’s Bureau is a group of
volunteers who serve as a vital part
of STSM’s outreach efforts, sharing
information about sexual violence
and STSM services with community
members. If you are interested in
this role, please contact Sarah to
register.
CE EVENTS HOSTED BY STSM
VOLUNTEER CE: CRISIS INTERVENTION TECHNIQUES TO USE AT THE HOSPITAL & ON HOTLINE
Thursday February 19, 6-7:30 pm at the STSM office
STSM staff Bahiyyih & Lara will talk to advocates about techniques which they utilize in the
office for crisis intervention and you can learn to utilize at the hospital and on the
hotline. Examples include breathing exercises, visualization, and mandala.
IN-SERVICE WITH STAFF: TECHNOLOGY OF STALKING
Friday, February 13 10:30 am-12 pm at STSM office
Join STSM staff for an in-service presented by Rebecca Williams-Agee of SCCADVASA. January
is Stalking Awareness Month, and evolutions in technology have increasingly meant that
stalking is done not only in person, but remotely.
Contact Sarah to RSVP for these events!
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AGENCY STATISTICS FOR DECEMBER & JANUARY
HOTLINE CALLS
HOSPITAL
ACCOMPANIMENT
ADVOCACY
COMMUNITY EDUCATION
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We had a much higher number of hotline calls in November and December than in most months, but
started to see them drop down to previous numbers again in January. We did see an increase in the
staff response to the hospital in January due to fewer volunteers on call this month.
J
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2
0
1
5
3 events
were attended by Speaker’s
Bureau volunteers during
December 2014-January 2015
274
community members
received information
from volunteers
STSM IN 2014: SERVING SURVIVORS AND THE COMMUNITY
Check out what our staff and volunteers did last year!
Direct Services: Our staff and Volunteer Advocates provided 16,352 services to 1,593
survivors and 400 secondary survivors. This included:
 354 Hospital Accompaniments; 68% provided by volunteers.
 730 Hotline Calls; 18% taken by volunteers.
 Volunteer Advocates spent 9,632 hours on call and over 850 hours with survivors.
Prevention: Our staff and Speaker’s Bureau Volunteers provided education and
prevention to over 7,637 community members. This included:
 741 sessions at 86 schools and organizations.
 Evidence based prevention curricula delivered to 3,469 youth.
 Speaker’s Bureau Volunteers reached nearly 4,000 individuals through 20 events.
Volunteers: This year, our volunteer program trained 55 new Volunteer Advocates and
16 new Speaker’s Bureau volunteers. In other news:
 Ellison was named STSM’s Volunteer of the Year and was also named the
volunteer of the year for the state of SC by SCCADVASA.
 100% of our volunteers were satisfied or very satisfied with the volunteer
program, and 100% would recommend volunteering at STSM to others (results
from the September 2014 volunteer survey).

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