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July/August 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 Wiest, LPC-I
Advocate Counselor
Amber Hiott, LPC-I
Group Services Coordinator
Lara Brockwell, LMSW
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
VACANT
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
Updates for Advocates 2
New staff 3
Agency Statistics 4
Continuing Education 4
VOLUNTEER SHOUT OUT:
Special thanks to two of our outstanding volunteers who
went above and beyond recently!
Advocate LaFreda Davis, who stayed at the hospital
with a survivor for nearly 12 hours
Advocate Rayna Burdette, who took 8 hotline calls
from 3 different survivors within the same shift
HELP US PLAN OUR FALL VOLUNTEER
RECOGNITION EVENT!
UPDATES FOR SPEAKER’S BUREAU
Do you enjoy planning events? Do your friends think
you throw awesome parties? Are you waiting for the day
when you can take over your family’s Thanksgiving
celebration? We have a job for you!
Each year, STSM’s staff hosts an event to show our
appreciation for our volunteers. We are currently planning
an event for late fall/early winter, and we want
suggestions and involvement from volunteers!
Our goal is that this event be inclusive of all of our
volunteer roles and the many and diverse volunteers who
occupy them. We also want volunteers to bring family or
friends. If you have an idea or would like to be on the
event planning committee, contact Sarah!
Kayce and Sarah are hosting two Speaker’s Bureau
only continuing education sessions this fall. The first is
Thursday, August 28 from 5:30-7 pm. It will cover how to
facilitate the presentation STSM offers on the intersections
between sexual and domestic violence. We get many
requests for this content in the fall because October is
Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you’d like to learn
this presentation, contact Sarah! We’ll also have a session
on facilitating the introduction to sexual violence
presentation later in the fall.
Advocate report form additional comments:
 Remember, we do not write information about the assault in the comments section. That
section is for documenting additional services provided. Examples: “Advocate provided
hospital accompaniment. Survivor was transported by EMS.” “Caller expressed interest in
counseling; advocate provided information on available services.”
 It is never appropriate to document information about multiple survivors on the same form—
this is a violation of confidentiality. If a secondary survivor discloses to you or requests
services, that would be documented on a separate form!
Addressing issues or concerns:
 Volunteers do not respond to calls where the survivor is incarcerated or under arrest. If you
have a call like this, immediately leave the room and call a staff member.
 If you have any concerns about the safety of a child at home or if the abuse happened in the
home, this should be reported to DSS. In several recent cases of abuse in the home, the
hospital has called law enforcement but DSS was not notified. Call staff with any questions!
 If you are in need of any assistance, please call the hotline, identify yourself as a volunteer,
and ask to speak to a staff member. Even if you have a staff member’s cell phone number
or other contact information, it would not be appropriate to contact that staff member
personally because they may not be on call. We do take days off too!
UPDATES FOR ADVOCATES
The SC State Office of Victim Assistance (SOVA) recently introduced a pilot program to
assist victims of sexual assault who are identified as "high-risk" for contracting HIV due to the
assault. Because it is a pilot program, to be eligible a survivor must:
 Present to the Emergency Department at Palmetto Health Richland hospital within 72 hours
of the assault.
 Report the assault to Law Enforcement (anonymous report would not be eligible).
 Meet the criteria of the program, as determined by the FNE.
The FNE team will assess if the survivor meets the criteria, and if so will refer the client
to USC's Immunology Center for follow up visits and a 28 day course of medicines that have
been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of contracting HIV after unprotected exposure.
It is extremely important that any survivor pursuing this option be well informed by the nurse
and that they be able to meet the conditions of the program. A survivor who is not considered
at high risk, would not be able to take the medication consistently or correctly, or would stop
taking the medication due to side effects would likely not be a good fit for the program.
How this applies to you:
 If you receive a hotline call and the survivor seems to be a good fit for the program,
recommend that they go to Palmetto Health Richland specifically rather than ‘any local ER.’
 If you are working with a survivor you believe may qualify, keep in mind it would not be
appropriate to discuss the program with them unless the FNE stated they did qualify and she
was going to make the referral. Because eligibility is based on a medical assessment we
aren’t qualified to provide, telling a survivor they could have this treatment or that SOVA
would pay for HIV medication BEFORE the FNE confirmation would fall in the ‘making false
promises’ category.
 If you accompany a survivor to the hospital and the FNE refers them to this program, this
make sure to mention this referral to staff when you debrief. This will allow us to document
confidentially in the survivor’s file and follow up appropriately.
NEW PROGRAM TO REDUCE HIV TRANSMISSION
Lara joined STSM as the Sexual Assault Services Coordinator in
June 2014 after volunteering as an advocate since September
2012. She received her Master’s in Social Work and Certificate of
Drug and Addictions Studies from the University of South Carolina
and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Mars Hill College, where she
was also a collegiate swimmer. Lara previously interned at SC
Department of Juvenile Justice and with the Interpersonal Violence
Task Force at the Harriet Hancock Center. Lara loves traveling,
spending time outdoors, and visiting her hometown of Asheville,
NC. She also has two turtles, Shelly and Scooter.
WELCOME TO NEW STSM STAFF!
SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES COORDINATOR, LARA BROCKWELL
(FORMERLY AN STSM VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE)
GROUP SERVICES COORDINATOR, AMBER HIOTT
Amber Hiott recently joined STSM as the Group Services
Coordinator. She came to Columbia from Rock Hill, where she
obtained her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and her
Bachelor’s in Psychology from Winthrop University and was
humbled to receive the “Emerging Counseling Professional”
Award. Past professional experience included working at a rape
crisis center in Rock Hill, SC and interning at Novant Health
Presbyterian Medical Center, where she offered grief and loss
counseling services and led process groups on the adult and
adolescent behavioral health units. She is looking forward to
exploring Columbia and eventually calling it home. In her spare
time, she loves to sew, paint, travel, and spend time with her loved ones.
OFFICE MANAGER, JENNY KENNEDY
Jenny Kennedy joined the staff of STSM in June 2014 as Office
Manager. Prior to working at STSM, Jenny was the Office
Manager for Palmetto Athletic Center. Jenny served for seven
years as the Executive Director of Lexington Interfaith
Community Services, a nonprofit in Lexington County. She grew
up in Mobile, Alabama. Jenny and her husband have four
children, nine very active and energetic grandchildren and a fluffy
little dog named Daisy. She enjoys spending time with family,
traveling (with and without the children), boating on Lake Murray
and photography. Jenny is honored to join in the healing process
of individuals suffering from a crisis situation.
WE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PREVENTION EDUCATION COORDINATOR.
THIS POSITION WOULD TEACH YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND COORDINATE WALK A
MILE IN HER SHOES. WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WITH EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH
(PREFERABLY TEACHING) CHILDREN. FOR MORE DETAILS, CHECK ONLINE!
UPCOMING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
LGBTQ MODEL PROTOCOL WEBINAR
August 15, 10-11 am
This Webinar is hosted by SCCADVASA. Register at this link, or let Sarah know if you’d like to
view in the office.
CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR SPEAKER’S BUREAU: FACILITATING IPV PRESENTATIONS
August 28, 5:30-7 pm in the STSM office
Kayce will teach interested Speaker’s Bureau Volunteers how to facilitate STSM’s presentation
on Intimate Partner Sexual violence and the overlaps between Domestic Violence and Sexual
Assault. Contact Sarah to RSVP.
FALL ADVOCATE MEETING
September 9, 2014 5:30-7 pm in the STSM office
This meeting is for current volunteer advocates to talk to peers about strategies for effective
advocacy, and seek peer support in their volunteer role. Contact Sarah to RSVP.
SERVING LGBTQI SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
September 24, 2014 9 am-5 pm at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge
This is a training STSM is hosting for the community. It is currently full, but you can email
Sarah to be placed on a waiting list. Contact Bahiyyih with any questions.
FALL ADVOCATE TRAINING
October 4-9, 2014 in Columbia (open to Newberry or Sumter residents)
Know someone who would make a great advocate, or thinking about pursuing this role
yourself? Contact Sarah for more information on this training!
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AGENCY STATISTICS FOR JUNE & JULY 2014
HOTLINE CALLS
HOSPITAL
ACCOMPANIMENT
ADVOCACY
COMMUNITY EDUCATION
In June 2014, volunteer advocates spent 778 hours on call and 222 hours in direct service; office
volunteers contributed 129 hours. In July 2014, volunteer advocates spent 882 hours on call and 280
hours in direct service; office volunteers contributed 138 hours.
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44 events
were attended by Speaker’s
Bureau volunteers between
July 2013-June 2014
2,400
community members
received information
from volunteers (est.)
No events were covered by volunteers in June-July 2014

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