Bringing noise to the issue of sexual violence

COLUMBIA, SC - In 30 seconds or less, Midland's teens have an opportunity to speak out against the issue of sexual violence. By the age of 18, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted or abused.

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) is sponsoring the "Youth Speaks" public service announcement video contest to encourage youth to spread the word about this problem.

"We are giving youth a fun way to talk about an uncomfortable topic. We hope it will encourage youth to speak out against sexual violence, making the problem known and ultimately preventing it in the future," said Katie Reid, STSM's Community Education Director.

The PSA contest is open to youth ages 14-18 from Richland, Lexington and Newberry counties. Videos can be submitted now through March 15. Each entry will be reviewed by a panel of judges including Hannah Horne, from WIS News Team 10, and Vicki Bourus, from South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA).

STSM's Community Education and Outreach Program will be using the winning video to bring awareness to the issue. The contest application and terms and conditions can be found online at www.stsm.org.

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.