Prevention Newsletter: Volume 2, Issue 1

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Volume 2, Issue 1 November 29, 2012
Prevention Newsletter
First Quarter Highlights STSM’s Program education Lexington, Through Community began to adults work Education year and and our youth and of in Outreach providing Richland, Counties. Program another
Genevieve N. Waller, Esq. Executive Director Tammy Szymanski Office Manager Sherry Lewis, MA, LPC Director of Therapy and Outreach Melanie Snipes, LMSW Director of Crisis Services VACANT Community Education Director Elizabeth Wolfe Development Coordinator Sarah Moran Nevarez Volunteer Services Coordinator Zoe McDowell Sexual Assault Services Coordinator Amy Meldau, LMSW Advocate Counselor Janet Rodriguez Bilingual Victim Advocate Kyra Hufford, LPC-I Group Services Coordinator Kayce Singletary MSW, MPH Prevention Education Coordinator Megan Monts Abuse in Later Life Coordinator VACANT Community Advocate & Prevention Specialist (Sumter)
Newberry Education
completed 164 sessions and came in contact with 2,270 Youth and 1,986 Adults during the first quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Upcoming Events
November 12-16: Abuse in Later Life Training of the Trainer in San Diego, CA November 20—December 18: November Reporting” 28: webinar YVP sessions at Mandated Carolina Ridgeview High School—8 sessions/3 teachers “Understanding for the South
Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy November 29—December 13: YVP sessions at Brookland-Cayce High School—6 sessions/2 classes December 4: Darkness to Light Training for the National Association of Social Workers SC-Central Unit December 11: Abuse in Later Life Programs Law Enforcement Training at Lexington County Sheriff’s Department December 19: YVP sessions at Pelion High School
STSM supports survivors in recovery from the trauma associated with sexual assault and abuse and educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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The Spotlight is on Prevention
Good Touch — Bad Touch Program
Teaching Children They Have the Right to Say No
Good Touch—Bad Touch is a body safety program, which teaches our children a comfortable way to talk about a very sensitive problem. Unfortunately, one out of four girls and one out of six boys are sexually abused in our country by the time they turn 18 years old. Informing children of the following concepts helps to lessen their vulnerability to abuse: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Touch can be good, bad, or confusing. Children are special and have the right to know all the body safety rules. Children can say NO! to touches they don’t like. Children can tell a trusted adult if they ever have a problem with sexual abuse, bullying or other confusing touches. Abuse is NEVER the child’s fault.
The Good Touch-Bad Touch program empowers young children to say ‘No” to any touches that make them uncomfortable and to tell a trusted adult if anyone touches them in way they do not like. Students who participate in the program learn that their body is always their own and they can decide with whom they want to share it. This program also addresses issues of bullying and child sexual abuse perpetrated by other children. STSM recently completed Good Touch-Bad Touch sessions with kindergartners, 1st and 2nd graders at South Kilbourne Elementary School.
For more information about Child Safety Training contact: e-mail: , phone: 803-790-8208, or visit our website at
Sexual Abuse in Later Life
Hidden Survivors
Elder Abuse, particularly sexual assault of older adults, is a much underreported crime. It is estimated that as few as 1 in 14 cases of abuse of older adults are reported to authorities. Victims are left with few resources, as most services for survivors of abuse were created for a younger client base. However, there is a new program in place to help address service gaps for older victims. The Abuse in Later Life Program is a cooperative agreement between the West Columbia Police Department, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, 11 th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and the Central Midlands Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging/Aging and Disability Resource Center. It is made possible by a 36-month grant from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, and takes a two-prong approach to addressing elder abuse in Lexington County. There is a training component and a multidisciplinary team that meets monthly to affect systems change. The main goals of the Abuse in Later Life Program are to increase victim safety and offender accountability. Training will be delivered locally to law enforcement officers, detectives, and victim service providers on recognizing and responding to elder abuse, with the first being held on December 11 at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The multidisciplinary team, or Collaborative Community Response, is composed of a variety of agencies that serve victims and older adults. These agencies discuss ways to close service gaps and create a tight security net for older adults that are victimized, with the ultimate goal of enacting systems’ change.
In 2012, the Education Program is focused on the following goals:  Providing primary prevention education to more youth and adults than 2011;  STSM will partner with other agencies on engaging men and boys in the movement to end violence against women; and  STSM will revise YVP program based on year two evaluation results and proceed with publishing the findings in reputable publications/journals.
STSM supports survivors in recovery from the trauma associated with sexual assault and abuse and educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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Only 1 in 10 victims of Child Sexual Abuse report the abuse.
Youth-Serving Adults: Understanding Mandated Reporting
Protecting Our Children
Darkness to Light
In SC, mandated reporters must report abuse or neglect “when in their professional capacity, the person has received information which gives the person reason to believe that a child’s health or well being has been or may be endangered by abuse or neglect…” [South Carolina Law [63-7-310]. Individuals are considered mandated reporters when he or she is employed as a medical professional, caregiver, educator, or any other position where it may be possible to obtain knowledge regarding instances of child abuse or neglect. In addition to being required by law, mandated reporting is important to put an end to situations of abuse or neglect and to connect children to the community resources available to facilitate a healthy healing process. What makes mandated reporting such a difficult and confusing issue is the fact that children very rarely make direct disclosures of abuse due to fear, embarrassment or guilt. Children may also make veiled disclosures in an attempt to gauge the adult’s reaction. Mandated reporters must remember that it is their duty to report suspicions of abuse and neglect any time they have a reasonable belief a child’s health or wellbeing has been endangered. Mandated reporters have no responsibility to investigate or provide proof of the abuse. As a result, it is important for adults who suspect child abuse or neglect to follow through with filing a report to proper authorities.
STSM will be presenting a free webinar hosted by the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on Wednesday, November 28 at 3pm. If you’re interested in registering, visit
Interested in having STSM’s community education and outreach program come to your school/ community organization to facilitate a Primary Prevention program??
Community Education and Outreach Program
Contact STSM’s Community Education and Outreach Program
Adult Trainings:
VACANT Community Education Program Director P: 803-790-8208 E:
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Child Safety Training Healthy Sexuality and the Normalization of Sexual Harm Mandated Reporting Sexual Assault 101 Recognizing Signs of Sexual Abuse and Assault How to Respond and Support Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault Impact of Sexual Assault Alcohol and Drug Use and Sexual Assault and Abuse How the Family of Sexual Assault Survivors are Impacted Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Healthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence Recognizing, Responding and Preventing Elder Sexual Abuse Good Touch Bad Touch The Effects of Gender Stereotypes and Media Influence on Violence in Relationships Appropriate Boundary Setting and Online Victimization and Protection Strategies Effective Communication Strategies Health Relationships and Prevention of Teen Dating Violence Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Stalking (High School) Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Bullying (Middle School) Prevention of Sexual Assault, South Carolina Laws and Date Rape Drugs (Date Rape Drugs only covered with High school audiences)
Elementary Education
Kayce Singletary, MSW, MPH Prevention Education Coordinator P: 803-790-8208 E:
Youth Violence Prevention Program (Youth Trainings):
STSM supports survivors in recovery from the trauma associated with sexual assault and abuse and educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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School of the Quarter
Brookland-Cayce High School
STSM would like to highlight and give a special Thank You to our YVP participating School of the Quarter BrooklandCayce High School (BCHS). BCHS prides itself on producing graduates who are responsible, resourceful, contributing citizens as well as lifelong learners. BCHS offers students comprehensive and challenging education opportunities and by teaching the qualities of self-discipline, honesty, and respect. A huge thank you to Ms. Creen and Mrs. Summer for inviting STSM to BCHS to facilitate the Youth Violence Prevention Program.
BCHS invites STSM to implement the YVP curriculum with their 9th grade students. Ms. Creen and Ms. Summer teach Strategies for Success, a course designed to ease the transition from middle to high school. Both Ms. Creen and Ms. Summer encourage their students to be engaged and participate in every YVP session. The students ask thoughtful questions and provide insightful comments during each lesson exhibiting their passion for being active bystanders in order to stop violence throughout their community. STSM facilitated 3 classes this semester (15 sessions) at BCHS.
Thank you Brookland-Cayce High School for partnering with STSM to educate youth and ultimately prevent sexual violence in our community!!
In response to a Child Sexual Abuse Presentation
First Quarter YVP participating Schools and Community Organizations
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Brookland-Cayce High School Lexington High School Ridgeview High School White Knoll High School Lexington Middle School Sanders Middle School South Kilbourne Elementary School Fulmer Middle School Lexington Girl Scouts Troop Batesburg-Leesville High School Benedict College Midlands Technical College Sister Circle Midlands Fatherhood Coalition National Association of Social Workers SC—Central Unit
“The presentation was very Informative. I liked that the discussion was very open.”
Midlands Fatherhood Coalition Participant
In response Presentations
‘I liked that the presentations were informative and fun. Ms. Kayce was really nice.”
Lexington Girl Scouts Participant
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STSM supports survivors in recovery from the trauma associated with sexual assault and abuse and educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.

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