How to Prevent Sexual Assault

Q: Can you really prevent sexual violence?
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Yes! By changing social norms surrounding sexual violence though education and violence prevention, we will one day end sexual violence in our community. STSM acknowledges the need for for community members to stand up against this crime and for all people to better understand consent.

Q: What are awareness and educational programs?
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The Community Education and Outreach Program educates the Midlands community about sexual violence. We strive to decrease the stigma surrounding this issue, increase survivors' ability to access resources and seek help, and prevent and eliminate sexual violence in our community. Since 1997, STSM’s Education Program has been collaborating with schools, churches, government and nonprofit agencies, businesses, and other entities to provide trainings and workshops across the state of South Carolina.

Q: I work at a school and would like to know about the free services provided for classroom education.
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One of STSM’s core initiatives is community education. Since 1997, STSM’s Education Program has been collaborating with schools, churches, government and nonprofit agencies, businesses, and other entities to provide training and workshops across the state of South Carolina. All education programs are free of charge to organizations and schools with the goal of ending sexual violence by educating our community.

STSM offers many unique education programs tailored towards elementary, middle school, high school, and adult organizations.

The STSM staff members who teach in the community are highly trained and specialize in topics related to sexual assault, domestic violence, and violence prevention.

One of the most popular programs we offer is our Youth Violence Prevention Program (YVPP) for middle and high school students. YVPP has 6 interactive lessons and is typically taught over the course of a few weeks.

  • Lesson 1: The Effect of Gender Sterotypes & Media Influence on Violence in Relationships
  • Lesson 2: Appropriate Boundary Setting & Online Victimization & Protection Strategies
  • Lesson 3: Effective Communication Strategies
  • Lesson 4: Healthy Relationships and Prevention of Teen Dating Violence
  • Lesson 5: Prevention of Sexual Harassment & Stalking (High School) or Prevention of Sexual Harassment & Bullying (Middle School)
  • Lesson 6: Prevention of Sexual Assault, SC Laws and Substance Facilitated Sexual Assault (Substance Facilitated Sexual Assault for High School students only)

For more information on any of our programs, click here to learn more about our programs offered.

To schedule a presentation contact our Community Education Program Director directly at ced@www.stsm.org or call us at (803) 790-8280.

Q: I’m working on a paper about sexual assault, what are some statistics regarding sexual assault in the Carolinas?
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Unfortunately there is not a lot of available research about sexual violence. Some of the places you can look for more information include RAINN.org, CDC, NSVRC, etc. STSM staff can usually provide anecdotal information or interviews to help with projects.

Q: What other education programs do you offer?
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STSM offers a variety of education programs appropriate for youth or adult audiences, including professional development trainings for service providers. Other presentation topics include sexual harassment in the workplace, internet safety, etc.

One of the most requested trainings is Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children. This training is designed for adults who work with and around children. This innovative program will help you create policies and processes in home and professional settings to reduce the opportunities perpetrators have to access children.  

For more information on Darkness to Light or any educational programs, email our Community Education Program Director at ced@www.stsm.org or call us at (803)790-8280. 

Q: Can I see a sample of your work?
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Yes! Check out the talk two of our educators presented at TedX Columbia in January of 2014.