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Why You Should Volunteer For STSM

When last I had the immense honor of writing for this blog, I tried to answer the question “Why do you volunteer for STSM?”  Now, it seems, I’ve come full circle, for I’m trying to convince others to do the same. 

From the Desk of The Executive Director - Responding To Emerging Community Needs

As a nonprofit organization, STSM is answerable to the community we serve – the clients (survivors and education participants), the donors, the organizations with whom we work, the agencies that regulate us, the volunteers (from the board room to the hospital), the staff, and pretty much every other human being who lives and/or works in this community.  Most of these stakeholders have good intentions and care about survivors of sexual assault and/or the mission to end sexual violence. Unfortunately, these stakeholders don’t always agree on the how and what that will get us to that end.

Why Pride?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over my years of advocating for an end to sexual violence and for services for survivors, it’s that there’s no one way to be a survivor. From all that I’ve read and researched to the number of survivors who have told their stories to me, I know that there’s no “one version.” Yes, there are stereotypes, but those stereotypes are often false. Survivors come from all different backgrounds, races, classes, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

From The Desk of The Executive Director - On YVP

In 2014 the Board and staff, along with input from more than 100 stakeholders, determined that to make the kind of change we envisioned – to change the social norms that lead to a rape culture and ultimately end sexual violence – we could not continue to operate in the status quo with our Youth Violence Prevention Program.

When Children Sexually Abuse Other Children

Recently the media exposed sexual abuse that occurred in the Duggar family, famous for their TLC show 19 Kids and Counting. Their oldest son, Josh, inappropriately touched four of his younger sisters and a family friend in 2002 and 2003. The media reports that Josh, age 12-14 during this time, went into his sisters' rooms in the night and touched them "inappropriately" both over and under their clothing and blankets while they were sleeping.

About Group Therapy

When I meet with a client for the first time in individual counseling, I like to ensure they are aware of all the services STSM provides, and group counseling is one of those services. But, what I’ve noticed is that many clients are really apprehensive about the idea of participating in group counseling. So, below I have listed the top three reasons why group counseling is something every client should at least consider:

Sexual Assault on College Campuses and Title IX: Part 2

Part one of this series discussed how the University's of Oregon's decision to recruit an athlete with a history of committing sexual assault - and that athlete's later assault of a UO student - may have violated Title IX regulations. The case came to light after the survivor filed a lawsuit over the university's actions, and what happened next is, in many ways, even more disturbing.

Why I'm Excited About "The Hunting Ground"

Sexual violence is a social problem that is prevalent in South Carolina (our rate of sexual assault is 25% higher than the national average), but in many ways is invisible compared to other social issues we face.

Sexual Assault on College Campuses and Title IX: Part 1

A great debate is underway at the University of Oregon, concerning a female student who says the university mishandled her sexual assault case. The survivor reported that three student athletes cornered her in a bathroom and raped her multiple times. The university’s internal investigation found that the students were responsible for sexual misconduct and suspended them for 4-10 years; they were also removed from the basketball team (only after the Pac-12 conference tournament).

STSM Announces The 2015 Ambassadors of Change

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