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September Faith Leaders Training

Registration for this training is closed. If you were not able to attend this date or are interested in training onsite of your organization, please see our Education Programs for the Faith Community page. 

As we go through life, many of us experience traumatic events that impact our spiritual journey. Some wounds are visible, while others (like sexual violence) are hidden but still cause a survivor to struggle with how they see themselves, interact with others, and view the world around them. Experiencing sexual assault/abuse can also create questions and changes in the survivor's beliefs about their faith and faith community.  1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual violence as a child or as an adult--but it doesn’t have to be that way.  As leaders in our community, we would like faith leaders to join with Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands to help make Richland and Lexington Counties a sanctuary from sexual violence. Together we can protect children and walk alongside in support of those who are healing from the hidden wounds of sexual violence.

Throughout 2016, STSM is hosting a series of FREE trainings for faith leaders that include the following components:

  • Stewards of Children, an evidence based child sexual abuse prevention curriculum developed by Darkness to Light
  • Healing the Hidden Wounds, a training on how to respond to disclosures of sexual assault and abuse and support survivors in their healing journey

The final session of this series will be offered on Saturday, September 17 from 8 am to 1 pm.