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COLUMBIA — Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands announces the achievements of several staff members.

CFRE International awarded STSM Executive Director Ginny Waller with the Certified Fundraising Executive designation, which recognizes development professionals with at least five years of experience in fundraising who have demonstrated skill and knowledge in creating philanthropic impact. Only 42 people in South Carolina have achieved the CFRE designation.

The Palmetto Center For Women presented Development Coordinator Mary Dell Hayes with the Inspiring Young Woman award at the Tribute to Women in Industry luncheon on Jan. 14. This award recognizes a woman under 30 who is creating significant impact in the community.

Sexual Assault Services Coordinator Zoe McDowell completed the National Crisis Response Credentialing Program (NCRCP) to promote continuing skill development, education and experience for trained crisis responders.

As the Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, McDowell works with clients in crisis to form a plan and identify stabilizing resources after a sexual assault. McDowell will graduate with her master’s degree in social work in May.

On Jan. 20, Kayce Singletary, Community Education Program Director, and Alexis Stratton, Prevention Education Coordinator, challenged attendees to change the culture of rape during their talk for TEDxColumbia. Singletary and Stratton teach STSM’s Youth Violence Prevention Program at local middle and high schools in Lexington, Richland, Newberry, and Sumter counties.

In addition, they regularly present on rape culture, sexual abuse prevention, and other related topics to civic groups, professional organizations, and community organizations.

Advocate Counselor Lauren Wiest received the Faith and Liberty Scholarship to attend the Conference on Crimes Against Women in March in Dallas where she will learn successful new intervention strategies. Wiest earned her master’s degree in Clinical Counseling at Columbia International University and is one of STSM’s four licensed counselors providing therapy for survivors of sexual violence.

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM), formerly named Rape Crisis Network, is a private, nonprofit, United Way member agency committed to providing free support to survivors of sexual assault and abuse. For more information or to donate online: www.stsm.org.

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