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Sumter County Faith Leaders Training

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 Sumter County 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.

On April 7th from 8:00 am-2 pm, STSM will host a FREE day of learning and fellowship for faith leaders in Sumter County. The training will include :

  • Ambassador of Change, a breakfast with fellowship and the opportunity to commit to creating change in Sumter County
  • 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