STSM Offices Close at 2 p.m. Due to Security Threat

Colunbia, SC - Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) is closing all five office locations today, Tuesday, April 9, at 2 p.m. because of several security threats received this morning. 

"The safety of our clients and employees is our number one priority," Mary Dell Hayes, STSM Executive Director, said. "We appreciate the support and swift response of the Forest Acres Police Department and the other law enforcement agencies that protect our service area."

This morning, an anonymous male called STSM's 24-hour crisis hotline multiple times making threats against STSM and its employees. STSM staff filed a report with Forest Acres Police Department. The threats are being investigated.

STSM has office locations in Richland, Lexington, Sumter, Newberry, and Clarendon counties. All office activities, including t-shirt pick up for Walk A Mile In Their Shoes,have been canceled as well.

STSM will continue to provide support to survivors and their loved ones today through the 24-hour crisis hotline at 803-771-7273, as well as providing 24-hour hospital accompaniment.

If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual violence, visit STSM's website at to get more information about STSM's services. You are not alone.

Media inquiries should be directed to STSM's Executive Director, Mary Dell Hayes, at

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.