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November/December 2014
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
Continuing Education 2
Agency Statistics 3
The Winter
Advocate
Meeting will
follow the
open
house—so
advocates,
stick around
from 7-8!
WELCOME TO OUR NEW COMMUNITY
EDUCATION ASSISTANT, ALISON!
Alison was thrilled to join
STSM in November 2014 as
Communi t y Educ at i on
Assistant. This new position
combines her passion for
worki ng wi th chi l dren,
community-building, and
empowering the underserved.
Alison studied psychology at
USC, which included an
honors’ thesis on group art
therapy for sexual trauma
survivors (during which time she volunteered for STSM).
After graduation, she served as a program assistant with
the South Carolina Honors College. Immediately prior to
STSM, Alison was a preschool teaching aide in a local
alternative school and she looks forward to expanding her
role as a youth educator. When she’s not playing with kids
or her cats, Alison loves to practice yoga and dance, visit
the Blue Ridge Mountains, and plan international travels.
She is honored to be working towards a violence-free
community with STSM’s dynamic staff.
UPCOMING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COMMUNITY
ENGAGING MEN IN THE CONVERSATION TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
December 12, 2014 8 am-5 pm at the Brookland Banquet & Conference Center
This Training is hosted by SCCADVASA. Registration is FREE but limited, you can register at
this link.
SAFETY PLANNING WITH ADULT SURVIVORS OF NON-INTIMATE PARTNER SEXUAL ASSAULT
December 16, 1-2:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (Webinar)
This Webinar is hosted by the Victim Rights Law Center and will cover safety planning for sexu-
al assault survivors who have not experienced IPV—great information since so much of what is
available refers to IPV! Register at this link, or let Sarah know if you’d like to view in the office.
CONFIDENTIALITY & MANDATED REPORTING
December 19, 2014 10-11 am (Webinar)
This Webinar is hosted by SCCADVASA, which hosts monthly webinars for free! Register at
this link, or let Sarah know if you’d like to view in the office.
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.
SERVING LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL TRAUMA
February 12, 2014 9 am-5 pm at the Bill Rogers Community Connections Center
This training is hosted by STSM as part of the Underserved Survivor Series coordinated by
Bahiyyih, and is great for those who were not able to make the September training! You can
register on our Website or contact Bahiyyih with questions.
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UPCOMING VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Whether you’d like to participate yourself or
refer a friend—here’s what’s coming up from
STSM!
Advocate Training will be January 31-February 1
and February 7-8. This training teaches volunteers
the skills necessary to accompany survivors of sexual
violence to the hospital and to provide crisis
intervention on the 24-hour hotline. Volunteers must
be at least 18, have transportation, and be on call at
least two shifts per month.
Speaker’s Bureau Training will be March 7 from 9
am-3 pm at the STSM office. This training prepares
volunteers to educate the community about sexual
violence and STSM services, host information tables
at local events, and deliver presentations on these
topics to community members.
Group Facilitator Training will be February 27-28 &
March 1 at the STSM office. This training prepares
volunteers to facilitate clinical groups for STSM
clients. Volunteers must be in the second year of a
master’s program in social work, counseling, or a
similar field or have completed their master’s.
Contact Sarah if interested in these trainings!
CE EVENTS HOSTED BY STSM
IN SERVICE WITH STAFF: TITLE IX &
WHAT COLLEGES NEED TO KNOW
January 6, 9:30-11:30 am in the
STSM office
STSM’s Caroline Burns will cover sexual
violence on campus and what colleges
need to know about Title IX. This is
great for advocates and Speakers to
know when answering questions from
students or faculty!
VOLUNTEER CONTINUING EDUCATION:
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.
Contact Sarah to RSVP
for these events!
AGENCY STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER & NOVEMBER
HOTLINE CALLS
HOSPITAL
ACCOMPANIMENT
ADVOCACY
COMMUNITY EDUCATION
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We had a much higher number of hotline calls in November than in most months, but most of these
calls came during the business day and were answered by staff members. In November, volunteers
answered a higher portion of hotline calls but did not take as many hospital accompaniments.
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3 events
were attended by Speaker’s
Bureau volunteers during
October & November 2014
346
community members
received information
from volunteers
SAVE THE DATE: SPRING EVENTS ARE COMING SOON!
Kickoff Event: April 2, 2015
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