On July 6 Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands began work with other member organizations of South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to train facilitators on how to implement the Youth Violence Prevention Curriculum in schools across the state. Facilitators learned the six session curriculum that STSM perfected over the past 15 years.
Approximately 15 educators from 12 S.C. counties used this three day training to focus on how to educate the youth in their communities to build violence-free futures.
The first two days of training focused on teaching prevention educators to implement the Youth Violence Prevention curriculum. The third day of training focused on teaching educators how to build relationships with sch ools, how to create memorandums of agreement to provide training, and how to schedule sessions.
It is estimated that each educator will reach an average of 20 youth per class and will provide an average of 15 curriculum implementations from August-December 2015. This means that each educator will reach an average of 300 youth.
Statewide, this program will reach an estimated 4,500 youth in the first semester.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina funded this training program because the issues that it addresses have a strong correlation with poverty. The impact of sexual violence correlates with many other issues that derail economic success including educational attainment, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, mental health issues, and other problematic behaviors.
According to STSM, “The Youth Violence Prevention curriculum works to prevent sexual violence from derailing a person’s life and to provide young people with skills that help them to avoid detours on their pathway to success.”
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands is a private nonprofit organization that began in 1983. One of 14 rape crisis centers in S.C., STSM provides crisis intervention, advocacy and support services to female and male child, adolescent and adult survivors of sexual assault and abuse.