A Different Walk A Mile In Their Shoes

Your hard work, passion, and commitment helped raise a grand total of $95,431 for Walk A Mile In Their Shoes on Thursday, April 11.

This year has been a year of milestones for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. We celebrated the organization's 35th anniversary and Walk A Mile In Their Shoes' 10th anniversary. While this year's Walk A Mile was not what was planned, you made it clear that you would not be bullied or silenced. Several groups held community walks and families walked their neighborhoods; you did not let anything stop you. Thank you for sharing your walks, words of encouragement, love, and support with us and survivors in the Midlands.

Thank you to the 1,180 registered participants who would have walked miles to make anything happen. Thank you to this year's 19 sponsors for believing in our cause. Thank you to the 1,018 donors who ensured survivors would not have to face a financial burden when seeking healing. Thank you to the law enforcement community who would have taken extraordinary measures to ensure that Walk A Mile was a safe event. You made all of this possible. And you continue to show us how dedicated you are to seeing healthy survivors, thriving in a community free of sexual violence.

The Largest Community Team Trophy was given to the South Carolina Department of Corrections for registering 561 of its employees. Joye White was recognized as this year's top fundraiser, raising $5,261 for STSM; and Carlos Suarez was recognized as this year's second top fundraiser, raising $4,442.
Lexington Medical Center returned as 2019's Presenting Sponsor. "Stiletto" sponsors are Companion Life Insurance and Richland County. "Kitten Heel" sponsors include BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Doctors Care, Gregory Electric, Amick and Associates, Wolfe and Taylor Realtors, Carolina Refrigeration, Caroline Guitar Company, and Columbia Eye Clinic. "Sandal" sponsors include Green's Beverage Store and Columbia Metropolitan Airport. "Platform" sponsors include Grace Outdoor, Go! Columbia and The State, Free Times, PDQ Columbia, and the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Registered participants are invited to stop by our rescheduled t-shirt pickup days on Tuesday, April 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. or Thursday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our office (3830 Forest Drive). Drive into our back parking lot and you'll see us. We ask that if you are picking up t-shirts for anyone other than yourself, you know the names of all individuals.
Looking for steps to take today to show survivors they are supported and to prevent sexual violence?

  • 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. 

Next year we will walk at the State House and we hope to see you and a friend there!

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM), formerly named Rape Crisis Network, is a private, nonprofit, United Way member agency committed to providing free, direct services to survivors of sexual assault and abuse, including 24-hour crisis hotline, hospital accompaniment, court accompaniment, personal advocacy, individual and group counseling, and education about sexual trauma issues.