Who We Serve

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands provides advocacy, counseling, and prevention education in Richland, Lexington, Newberry and Sumter counties in South Carolina. True excellence in our agency results from identifying, serving, and enlisting the participation of all people in our community. It is the policy of Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) to comply with all comprehensive civil right laws that prohibit discrimination against clients, employees, volunteers and applicants based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, or age.

Sexual violence affects people regardless of race, ethnicity, class, sexual and gender identity, religious affiliation, age, immigration status, and ability. Because survivors of sexual violence may experience the abuse in culturally specific ways, our counselors, educators, and advocates have received training to support survivors who represent the diverse communities represented in the Midlands. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • LGBTQ Survivors
  • Survivors with Disabilities
  • Deaf & Hard of Hearing Survivors
  • Hispanic and Latin@ Survivors
  • Immigrant Survivors
  • Survivors with Limited English Proficiency
  • Survivors of Human Trafficking
  • Teen Survivors
  • Survivors Serving in the Military
  • Male Survivors
  • Trafficking Survivors

STSM responds to all survivors who report an assault at a hospital in Richland, Lexington, Newberry, or Sumter Counties, even if the assault did not take place in those counties or if the survivor does not live in those counties. Our counseling services are available to all survivors and supporting family members over age 12. STSM can provide a referral for trauma-specific counseling for children under the age of 12. Generous support from the community allows us to offer all services free of charge.

Our prevention education programs can be customized to meet the needs of the audience. Some education programs are underwritten by generous grants and some are available for a fee. Please contact us to find how we can best meet your specific needs.