Celebrate Sexual Assault Awareness Month with Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands Throughout the Month of April

COLUMBIA, SC – Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) is leading a variety of events to promote sexual assault awareness and healing services for survivors. The month kicks off on Wednesday, April 1 with a one-day 50% discount on registration fees for Walk a Mile in Their Shoes.

On Thursday, April 2 STSM will officially launch the Ambassadors of Change campaign with a reception at 6:00p.m. at the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. One hundred local leaders from Lexington, Richland, Newberry, and Sumter Counties will receive a lapel pin, 100 business cards, and pledge to use their voice as a leader in the community to speak out against sexual violence. Through this campaign, 10,000 community members will receive information about how they can help survivors of sexual assault access healing services at STSM.

The University of South Carolina Women in Law is hosting the WIL to Run 5k on Saturday, April 4 at 10:30a.m. to benefit STSM. Registration takes place at Hand Middle School.

Look for hundreds of men in high heels on Wednesday, April 15 at the 6th Annual Walk a Mile in Their Shoes. Walk a Mile takes place at the SC State House. Entertainment starts at 5:30p.m., and the walk kicks off at 6:30p.m. Enjoy cotton candy from Cromer’s, face painting, pictures with Cocky and more before the walk! This family friendly event invites men, women, and children to stand together to support survivors of sexual assault by walking a mile in high heels down Main Street. Awards are given for the largest team, top fundraisers, highest heel, most creative shoe, and more. An after party at The Tin Roof in the Vista celebrates the success of the walk.

STSM will present the annual Community Partner Awards before Walk a Mile in Their Shoes at approximately 6:15p.m. The Community Partner Awards are presented in the following categories: Clinical Services, Crisis Services, and Education and Outreach. Additional awards are presented to the Volunteer of the Year, Board Member of the Year, and Public Servant of the Year.

On Sunday, April 19 a staged reading of Becky Boesen’s play, In My Daughter’s Name, will take place at Trustus Theatre at 2:00p.m. The play shares the story of a mother whose daughter was murdered by her intimate partner. A suggested donation of $20 per ticket benefits STSM. On April 28, 29, and 30, STSM is partnering with The Nickelodeon to bring the award winning documentary, The Hunting Ground, to Columbia. Showings will take place at 7:00p.m. On Tuesday, April 28, STSM will participate in a special post-film audience discussion.

For more information or to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please contact Mary Dell Hayes at (dc@www.stsm.org / 803-790-8208), or visit STSM’s website ( http://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.