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March/April 2015
STAFF
Genevieve N. Waller, Esq.
Executive Director
Providencia Borgstadt, MBA
Office Manager
Mary Dell Hayes
Director of Development
Emily Martin
Marketing Coordinator
Sherry Lewis, MA, LPC
Director of Therapy and Outreach
Amy Fisher, M.A., LPC/I
Advocate Counselor
Amber Hiott, M.Ed, LPC/I
Group Services Coordinator
Melanie Snipes, LMSW
Director of Crisis Services
Sarah Moran Nevarez
Volunteer 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)
Kayce Singletary, MSW, MPH
Community Education Director
Caroline Burns
Prevention Education Coordinator
Alison Salisbury
Community Education Assistant
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Tess Dawkins is our Volunteer of the
Quarter! Tess has volunteered in the
STSM office since May 2014 and has
spent over 300 hours assisting staff
in the office since then. Her primary
focus has been the education
department, where she has helped to
improve the efficiency of evaluation
procedures and created a parent
portal for our Youth Violence Prevention program.
Community Education Director Kayce said, “Tess is
incredibly thorough & bright, but her true impact has been
in that she is able to look at projects critically, ask
questions, and ultimately provide suggestions & ideas that
improve every project she works on!”
VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER: OFFICE
VOLUNTEER TESS DAWKINS
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Ambassadors Of Change
One hundred local leaders from
throughout the Midlands have pledged to
use their voice as a leader in the
community to speak out against sexual
violence.
Throughout the month
of April, they’ll be
sharing information
about sexual assault
and the services STSM
offers. If you see a
community leader
wearing the pin shown
at left, thank them for
their support of STSM!
The Wil To Run 5k
Hand Middle School
Saturday, April 5
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The University of South
Carolina Women in Law group
hosts this annual 5k, which
benefits STSM. You’ll also see
one of our Speaker’s Bureau
volunteers at the event!
Registration for the run is still open, and you can
find more information on their Facebook page!
This event is based on
a well known Italian
court case where
an assai l ant’ s
conviction was
overturned in part
due to the clothing
worn by the
survi vor. Today,
businesses and other
organizations across the
Midlands participate by allowing employees to
wear denim to work on Wednesday, April 29 to
show their support of survivors and broadcast
the message that consent is about far more than
the clothing one wears. If your business, school
or organization is not participating already, get
them involved! STSM provides information about
the event and stickers for all participants—we
just need a total of participants by Friday, April
3! You can also contact Sarah at
intern@stsm.org for more information.
Staged Reading at Trustus Theatre
Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Written by Becky Boesen, "In My Daughter's
Name" is a story of a young writer and
grieving mother, trying to make sense of the
unthinkable. There will be a panel discussion
with counselors following the reading of the
play.
100% of the proceeds benefit Sexual Trauma
Services of the Midlands. There is a
suggested donation of $20 per person.
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On April 15, we will gather at 5:30 pm outside of the SC State House to
show our support for survivors! We are expecting nearly 1,000
participants this year—plus, it’s a lot of fun! Participating in the walk is a
great way to not only show your own support of survivors, but also gives
you a chance to get your friends and family involved in the fight against
sexual violence. We also give our community partner awards right
before the walk—so you can be there to recognize our volunteer of the
year!
Participate in Walk A Mile: Registration for the walk is here! You can
build your own team, or choose to join the volunteer team—Volunteers
Against Violence! If you have questions about the team, reach out to
Gabby at volunteer@stsm.org. She’s the team captain this year!
Get others to participate: You can share the registration links
with others, or invite them to join the event on Facebook! Even if they can’t come in person, they
can support you or the volunteer team.
Volunteer for Walk A Mile: Our staff would not be able to run such a large event without your
help! We typically have 40 or more volunteers during Walk A Mile, including the following roles:
 Planning and prepping materials the week prior
 On April 15: setup and registration (before walk); assist staff during the Walk & for cleanup;
Speaker’s Bureau
If you would like to volunteer during the Walk, you can sign up at this link or contact Sarah with
questions at vsc@stsm.org.
Join the after party: After the Walk, join us at Tin Roof for the WAM After Party! It falls during
National Volunteer Week, so it will have a volunteer theme—check out the last page of the
newsletter for more information!
The Hunting Ground Documentary
Nickelodeon Theatre
Tuesday, April 28-Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m.
The Hunting Ground is an award-winning documentary that
follows several survivors of sexual assault as they fight to
continue their education and seek justice at their
universities. The film explores rape culture on college
campuses as survivors are faced with pushback and
harassment. It will be showing at the Nickelodeon for three
nights and you can receive Volunteer CEU Credit for
attending any of the shows! After the Tuesday, April 28
show we will host a special post-film panel with staff of
STSM and local colleges, discussing how the film relates to
our community.
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UPCOMING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COMMUNITY
SERVING HISPANIC & LATINO SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL TRAUMA
Thursday, April 23 9 am-5 pm
Lexington Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Law Enforcement Training Center
This training is presented as part of STSM’s Underserved Survivor Series, coordinated by
STSM’s Underserved Survivor Advocate Bahiyyih Young. It is a day-long training on working
with Hispanic & Latino survivors and CE Credits including VSCP, CLEE, LMFT, LPC, & Social
Work should be available. The training is free but you must register online in advance. Check
out the website or contact Bahiyyih with any questions.
ABUSE IN LATER LIFE: TRAINING FOR DIRECT SERVICE PROVIDERS
Tuesday, May 26 9 am-5 pm
Lexington Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Law Enforcement Training Center
This training is presented as part of STSM’s Abuse in Later Life program. It is a day-long
training intended to train individuals who work with older adults on how to recognize &
respond to elder abuse, including but not limited to sexual abuse. The training is free but you
must register online in advance.
CE EVENTS HOSTED BY STSM
IN-SERVICE WITH STAFF: HISPANIC/LATINO
SURVIVORS & THEIR FAMILIES
Monday May 11, 10:30 am—12:00 pm
at the STSM office
Karla Briseno, the Bilingual Intervention
Specialist of Richland School District Two’s
Family Intervention Services, will present
an in-service to STSM staff. The session
will focus on working with primary and
secondary survivors from Hispanic/Latino
backgrounds and family dynamics.
IN-SERVICE WITH STAFF: SERVING RURAL
SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL TRAUMA
Friday May 22, 1:00—2:30 pm at STSM
office
Lucy Christenberry, the Sexual Assault
Program Coordinator of the Pee Dee
Coalition Against Domestic Violence and
Sexual Assault, will present an in-service to
STSM staff. The Pee Dee Coalition serves
several rural counties in the Florence area,
and many of their clients struggle with
issues similar to those of our many rural
clients in local towns such as Sumter,
Swansea, Leesville, and Newberry.
Contact Sarah to RSVP for
these events!
SPECIAL WEEKEND VOLUNTEER EVENT:
“HOTLINE” THE DOCUMENTARY
Saturday, April 25, 2-4 pm
At the STSM office
Many of our volunteers have asked about
weekend continuing education options, and
we’ve finally found the perfect one!
Hotline features interviews with hotline workers
from diverse backgrounds—not only sexual
assault hotlines but also psychic, suicide, youth,
and more! It discusses why people call hotlines,
what it’s like to serve someone through a
hotline, and
some common
experiences of
hotline workers.
We’ll have
snacks during
the movie and
discuss the film
afterwards. This
event is open to
all volunteers,
not just
advocates, and
would complete
half of your
annual
continuing
education
requirement!
RSVP to Sarah!
AGENCY STATISTICS FOR FEBRUARY & MARCH
HOTLINE CALLS
HOSPITAL
ACCOMPANIMENT
ADVOCACY
COMMUNITY EDUCATION
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Nearly half of hospital accompaniments were provided by staff members in January 2015, but in
February and March that dropped back down to more normal levels as new volunteers joined the
advocate program. Our hotline numbers picked back up and community education also increased!
M
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H
7 events
were attended by Speaker’s
Bureau volunteers during
February—March 2015
575
community members
received information
from volunteers
After you walk, wouldn’t it be nice to relax
and hang out with other volunteers and
Walk participants? You can grab a cocktail
or one of the food specials Tin Roof will
have for the after party, listen to live music with no cover charge, and snicker at
the guys still competing to see who can wear their heels the longest! This event
falls during National Volunteer Week, so you know I’m going to put a volunteer
spin on it too. Best of all—since this party recognizes not just Walk participants,
but also our volunteers—you’re welcome to join even if you can’t make it to the
Walk! I hope to see you at Tin Roof from 7:30-9 pm on April 15!
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National Volunteer Week is April 12-17. Check the STSM
Facebook page (and your mailbox) for some special recognition of
our volunteers during this time!
April 15, 7:30-9 pm
~Sarah

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