Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands plans to raise $10,000 in 24 hours for 9th annual Walk A Mile In Their Shoes

COLUMBIA, SC - On Tuesday, April 10, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) is hosting "Day of Healing," a 24-hour fundraising effort for the ninth annual Walk A Mile In Their Shoes (WAM) event.

STSM's Day of Healing encourages the 1,300 registered WAM participants to fundraise at least $10 for survivors of sexual assault, STSM, and the no-cost services STSM provides in the fight against sexual violence. Start a survivor's healing journey on April 10 with a donation of $10 or more.

"Ten dollars provides a change of clothing to a survivor in the hospital who has their clothing confiscated during the evidence collection process of a sexual assault exam," Mary Dell Hayes, STSM Executive Director, said. "We ask all Walk A Mile participants and individuals in the Midlands to show their support of ending sexual violence in our community and help us break a record - raise $10,000 in 24 hours for survivors of sexual assault in South Carolina."

STSM will be celebrating the day's success at the ninth annual Walk A Mile at the SC State House Grounds on Thursday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. This family-friendly event encourages the community to stand up against sexual violence in SC and stand with survivors. Learn more about Walk A Mile at

Interested individuals can donate online at, on STSM's Facebook Fundraiser hosted by STSM Executive Director Mary Dell Hayes, or at the Day of Healing percent night from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at PDQ Columbia (4456 Devine Street).

Media inquiries should be directed to Layla Ferjani, STSM Director of Marketing, at
803-790-8208 or

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:

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