Why do you walk? #SCWAM

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) tries to center our work around trauma-informed practice. For us, that means feeling safe is just as important as being safe.

The law enforcement community has been abundantly supportive, and continues to investigate the threatening calls made on our hotline. They are offering support at our locations across Lexington, Richland, Newberry, Sumter, and Clarendon counties. They would have taken extraordinary measures to ensure that Walk A Mile In Their Shoes was a safe event.
My decision to cancel the walk, made with support from our Board of Directors, is centered around respect for our staff, clients, and supporters and their right to feel safe. We hope that instead of focusing on the threats that were made, you will join us in focusing on our shared vision of healthy survivors thriving in a community free from sexual violence. We can take steps today to show survivors they are supported and to prevent sexual violence.

  • Gather your friends, colleagues, and loved ones and have your own Walk A Mile. Flood social media with images of our community, united in support of survivors. Use #WhyIWalk and share your conversations with us @scstsm.
  • Volunteer to serve on next year's Walk A Mile planning committee and make the 11th annual Walk A Mile In Their Shoes bigger and better than ever by contacting lauran@www.stsm.org.
  • Contact your local schools and encourage them to work with STSM to offer violence prevention education. It's important for a child's success in life to learn how to have healthy friend and dating relationships and to build skills like conflict resolution and boundary setting.
  • Support prevention education programs and services for survivors by continuing to support Walk A Mile by making a donation to our organization here.

We will announce t-shirt pick up times for registered walkers next week.
We are so grateful for the generous outpouring of support from our community. Thank you for everything you do to support survivors and STSM.

Mary Dell Hayes
STSM's Executive Director

Mary Dell Hayes

Mary Dell Hayes rejoined the staff at STSM as Development Coordinator in 2013, Director of Development in January 2015, and Executive Director in February 2016. Her job is to help the community achieve the vision of healthy survivors thriving in a community free of sexual violence and engage people to end sexual violence through philanthropy and advocacy.