More than $10,000 raised for survivors of sexual assault by Midlands Men

COLUMBIA, SC—Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) is proud to announce 112 men in the Midlands have pledged more than $10,000 to take a stand against sexual violence in the community.

100 Men Against Sexual Assault is a campaign that harnesses the collective impact of men in the Midlands to create change. In its second year, the 100 Men campaign has raised more than $20,000 to support STSM’s mission of advocating for and supporting survivors of sexual assault.

“I support STSM because I want to do what I can to make a positive impact through awareness and education,” Dr. Ronald Rhames, Midlands Technical College President, said. “Helping the community become more educated and understanding about sexual violence is one of the first steps in preventing it in the Midlands.”

Fathers, brothers, husbands, doctors, pastors, businessmen, and educators - each man has their own reason why they took the pledge because each plays their own role in society.

“Sexual trauma is a devastating event for survivors; emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally,” Chris Mazoue, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, said. “As a father of three girls, a husband, a physician, and simply a human being, I can’t understand what drives sexual violence, but I am thankful that we have men and women in this community who dedicate their time and effort to provide support to survivors of sexual violence.”

STSM thanks each man who has pledged to take a stand against sexual violence in the Midlands and be a positive role model for others in the community. Together, we can end sexual violence.

Media inquiries should be directed to Layla Ferjani, STSM’s marketing coordinator, at 803-790-8208 or marketing@www.stsm.org.

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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.