Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands Grand Opening in Lexington County

COLUMBIA, SC - Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) announces the grand opening of a permanent office in Lexington County on Thursday, March 8. STSM's Lexington County office is located in The Old Mill building at 711 East Main Street, Suite C.

"STSM has provided services to survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones in Lexington County since the early 1990s, but from its main office in Richland County," Mary Dell Hayes, STSM Executive Director, said. "For the last year, we have had a satellite office in Lexington to better serve the community, but thanks to the generous support of Lexington County and Lexington Medical Center, we are able to open a full-time office for the thousands of survivors in Lexington who seek healing care each year."

STSM's new office will house a full-time licensed counselor who provides trauma-informed clinical care to survivors and their loved ones impacted by sexual violence, as well as a full-time crisis counselor who helps survivors build coping skills to address their immediate needs. The Lexington office will also serve as a hub for volunteerism in the community. All services for survivors are offered at no cost to the victim or their family.

"Lexington county is our second largest service area, and it is important to STSM to make its services accessible to all survivors," Sherry Lewis, STSM Director of Therapy, said. "We didn't want people who lived in Pelion or Batesburg-Leesville to be deterred from seeking care because they had to drive all the way to downtown Columbia."

STSM is celebrating its Lexington Office Grand Opening on Thursday, March 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at its new office location (711 East Main Street, Suite C, Lexington, SC 29072). Community members are invited to come celebrate, learn about the services STSM provides, and discover ways to support STSM's mission to advocate for and support survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educate the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.

Visit STSM's website at www.stsm.org to get more information about STSM's services and volunteer opportunities. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual violence, call STSM's 24-hour confidential hotline at 803-771- 7273. You are not alone.

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About Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
Sexual Trauma Services is a 501(c)3 private, nonprofit, United Way community partner, headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. Formerly named Rape Crisis Network, Sexual Trauma Services serves Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Sumter, and Clarendon Counties. Sexual Trauma Services is committed to providing free support to survivors of sexual assault and abuse, including a 24-hour crisis hotline, hospital accompaniment, court accompaniment, personal advocacy, and individual and group counseling. In addition, Sexual Trauma Services works to educate the community to identify and prevent sexual violence. For more information or to donate online: www.stsm.org.