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Breaking Barriers, helping victims! Sexual Trauma Services launces bilingual website

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Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) partnered with the USC School of Law's Pro Bono Program to translate the website material to Spanish. STSM is currently the only rape crisis center in South Carolina with a bilingual website, which went live this week.

"The volunteer law students working with Project Ayuda worked hard to translate the STSM website. It was a perfect example of cooperation and the principle of divide and conquer. We could not have done this without the support from HABLA and Paulina Graham, she makes sure our translations are accurate! When you first look at a project this large it can be overwhelming but by breaking it into smaller more manageable portions it proved to be possible. Our students are amazing in not only their skills but in their willingness to give to the community." remarked Pamela Robinson, Director of the Pro Bono Program

Eighty percent of victim assistance websites in the 16 US states with the largest Hispanic populations do not have any information in Spanish, according to a recent study conducted by Arte Sana and ALAS, two national organizations advocating for Latina survivors of sexual violence. This leaves the 1 out of every 6 Latinas in the US that will be sexually assaulted during their lifetimes without vital information and services in Spanish.

In 2010, researchers at Northeastern University and Penn State found that only three out of every 100 Latina sexual assault survivors ever receive help specifically relating to the abuse. "STSM strives to decrease barriers experienced by marginalized communities. Sexual violence can happen to anyone, regardless of race/ethnicity, class, gender, or sexual orientation. Having a bilingual website is one of our many efforts to make sure all survivors of sexual assault are aware of their rights and the services available to them," explained Genevieve N. Waller, Esq., STSM's Executive Director.

The bilingual website can be accessed at www.stsm.org.