Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 3

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Volunteer Voice
March 3, 2010
STAFF Genevieve N. Waller, Esq. Executive Director Joan Amado, LMSW, MPA Director of Crisis Services
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Sherry Lewis, MA, LPC Director of Therapy and Outreach Katie Reid, MSW Community Education Program Director Mary Dell Hayes Volunteer Services Coordinator Melanie Griffin, LMSW Sexual Assault Services Coordinator Amber Banco, MSW Advocate Counselor Jennifer Gantt, LMSW Group Services Coordinator Georgina Hance Office Manager
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March Calendar News and Upcoming Events Ask An Advocate Updates Join STSM in Five Points to raise money for the agency! Enjoy the sights and sounds of St. Pat’s while working for a great cause.
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Think the March calendar looks a little empty? Look inside for information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month! There’s an exciting activity each week for you and your friends!
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!
Each April agencies around the United States host a variety of events to raise awareness about sexual assault. STSM has lots of big things planned and we look forward to working with you to make each of them a success! Registration for events is online at Thursday, April 1: Kickoff Event at Gotham Bagel on Main Street 5:00pm-10:00pm
Come celebrate the beginning of SAAM with food, dancing, and friends at Gotham Bagel. Proceeds from the evening benefit STSM. Saturday, April 10: Rape Aggression Defense Training 9:00am-1:00pm
Women, ages 14 and up, are invited to a self-defense training taught by Richland County Sheriff’s Department at the downtown YMCA. Tuesday, April 13 Community Partner Appreciation 6:00pm-8:00pm
We invite our volunteers and our law enforcement, medical, and legal partners in the community for light hors d’oeuvres to thank them for assisting us in the fight to end sexual violence. Wednesday, April 14: Walk A Mile In Her Shoes 6:00pm-8:00pm
Men will walk one mile in women’s high heels in Five Points to help spread awareness about the issue of sexual violence. Come join us in the walk or show your support. After party at Village Idiot in Five Points. Monday, April 19: 6th Annual “Tee It Up for STSM” Golf Tournament 9:00am-4:00pm
The annual STSM Golf Tournament is a fundraiser at Golden Hills Golf Club in Lexington. Volunteer to help or register a team to play! Wednesday, April 21: Denim Day All Day
Wearing jeans to work on this day helps spread awareness about sexual violence. Please participate and encourage co-workers to wear jeans as well. Welcome New Volunteers! STSM welcomes our fourteen new volunteer advocates who completed training in February! Stacy Arnold, Porschia Brown, Natalia Darling, Kendall Davis, Tabitha Demetra, Crystal Frechette, Mike Hardeman, Jessieh Johnson-Cunningham, Andrea Losey, Megan Monts, Ginny Rasmussen, Lee Anne Tetrick, Joy Via, Jennifer Workman. Happy Anniversary! Thank you to the following volunteers for their year(s) of service. We appreciate your dedication of service to survivors of sexual assault and look forward to many more years together! Kimberly Keith, Rebecca Rabern—09 James DuBose, Arlene Posey—08 Sarah Moran, Ann O’Halloran—07
St. Pat’s in Five Points
Want to save $15? Join us on Friday, March 12 or Saturday, March 13 to raise money for STSM. Volunteer opportunities are listed below.
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Three volunteers are needed on Friday, March 12 from 3:00pm—9:00pm. These volunteers will be assisting with the Battle of the Bands Competition, including the Wii Rock Band competition. Three volunteers are needed on Saturday, March 13 from 8:00am—12:00am. These volunteers will be the festival manager’s right hand. Two volunteers are needed from 1:00pm—4:00pm, and 4:00pm—6:00pm. These volunteers will be managing the Comfort Zone tent at the Five Points Fountain. Three volunteers are needed from 10:00am—12:00pm and from 4:00pm—6:00pm. These volunteers will be assisting the Capital City Shaggers with their stage.
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All volunteers will receive free admission to the festival.
Ask an Advocate
This month’s Ask An Advocate is written by Anna Walton. Anna is a senior at USC’s Honors College. Anna works with several organizations to provide better health services to the Latino community. Anna also wrote an article for The Volunteer Voice in August about her experience working with migrant workers for an internship. She has volunteered with STSM since November of 2007. She was inspired to write this month’s article after a recent hospital call.
Marital Rape: A Hidden Injustice
"The husband cannot be guilty of rape . . . for by their mutual matrimonial consent and contract, the wife [has] given up herself in this kind unto her husband, which she cannot retract." -English jurist Matthew Hale (18th century common law) Until the late 1970s, sexual assault was not considered a crime if it was directed toward the prosecutor’s spouse or partner. Only until 1995 did all states in the United States have some semblance of marital, or spousal, rape laws. In fact, it was explicitly stated in the pre-19070s laws that an individual could not be prosecuted for rape against his/her spouse. There are three general ways in which the states changed their laws to criminalize marital rape: they either (1) simply removed the “marital rape exemption” without adding any additional language; (2) explicitly stated that marital rape was an offense; or (3) made marital rape a crime separate from “traditional” sexual assault. The majority of the statutes in the third case call for more rigid requirements and less strict punishments for marital rape versus “traditional” rape. For example, in South Carolina, survivors of marital rape only have 30 days to report the crime, whereas there is no time limit for non-marital rape cases. Also in South Carolina, the assailant must have used force or threatened to use force for the assault to be considered a crime. In other words, though in “traditional” rape cases, rape is defined as the lack of consent, marital rape must also include force, or violence. Finally, the maximum punishment for marital rape is 10 years in prison, while non-marital rape has a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison. In 1992, a little less than one year after South Carolina passed its marital rape law, one case hit the headlines. A man had tied up his wife, covered her eyes and mouth, hit her multiple times, and raped her. A video of the assault was presented in court and the jury, despite the ropes, slaps, and screams, acquitted the defendant on the grounds that what was shown in the video was merely a sex game. Clearly, the deeply rooted perceptions and attitudes toward that “matrimonial consent and contract,” mentioned by Matthew Hale remain a strong force to be reckoned with despite the changes in legislation. Though the statistics vary, it has been reported that between 10 to 25 percent of married women have been raped by their husbands. This suggests that marital rape is the most common form of rape. Additionally, survivors of marital rape are often raped multiple times, or the assaults may be a routine part of the relationship with the survivor’s spouse, and the perpetrator may use oral or anal rape as a way to humiliate and “take ownership” of the survivor. Survivors also take longer to recover from the trauma, they usually face pressure to stay with their partner, there may be negative effects on the children in the relationship, and they experience doubt and insecurity with regards to defining the assaults as crimes. Spousal rape has been plagued by controversy and injustice. Underreported and underrepresented, there needs to be much more public awareness about marital rape to break the stereotypes and misconceptions that don’t allow survivors of marital rape to receive the help they need.
February Call Totals
Total Hospital Calls: 18 Hospital Calls answered by volunteers: 11 Hospital Calls answered by staff: 7 Total Hotline Calls: 29 Hotline Calls answered by volunteers: 19 Hotline Calls answered by staff: 10
Updates and Other Important Information

When you get clothes for your survivor please either bring the bags to the office with your ARF or leave the bags in the locker so we can reuse them. Make sure you check out Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands’ new website!

Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Saturday, March 13: St Pat’s in Five Points Thursday, April 1: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff Saturday, April 10: Rape Aggression Defense Training Tuesday, April 13: Community Partner Appreciation Event Wednesday, April 14: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Monday, April 19: Tee It Up for STSM Golf Tournament Wednesday, April 21: Denim Day Saturday, April 24: Lexington Kids Day Tuesday, May 4: CE Event Saturday, June 12—Thursday June 17: Summer Volunteer Advocate Training
***You must attend at least one continuing education event and one anonymous kit training for this fiscal year! Attend early and attend often!***

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