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SCCADVASA has been contacted by a survivor who has been working with attorneys, advocates, and academics across the country to raise awareness and bring an end to a traumatic practice of invasive gynecological exams that survivors of sexual assault are required to undergo in some locations across the country in order to proceed with criminal proceedings against their perpetrator. These exams are also referred to as “court-ordered rapes.” Although SCCADVASA has not been made aware of this practice happening in South Carolina, if you are a survivor who has been ordered to undergo such an exam, you can access free, confidential help by reaching out to your local rape crisis center.

More information about this harmful practice can be found at:

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SCCADVASA has had several roundtables for member organizations that provide training, capacity building and resource sharing around various victim service provider roles, such as a Volunteer Coordinator Roundtable, Clinicians Roundtable and the College Consortium, to name a few. Beginning in March 2017, SCCADVASA added a new roundtable to it's lineup: Centering Voices. The purpose of this roundtable is to connect SCCADVASA’s member organizations and representatives from local LGBTQ+ organizations to foster a space of education and advocacy to understand the unique barriers faced by this underserved community in order to create more inclusive services, share resources, and bring awareness.

Why "Centering Voices?" We believe that it is crucial to center the voices of this community and other traditionally marginalized, undeserved and unheard communities in order to identify barriers and create effective change that will allow folks to more easily and safely access victim services. We also hope to establish a space where representatives from member organizations, allies, and LGBTQ+ individuals can connect and collaborate on community projects and initiatives and to ensure all services, programs, and curriculum are inclusive, culturally humble and trauma-informed.

In honor of Pride Month, we would like to extend the invitation to anyone already working in or with the LGBTQ+ community or anyone working with victims of intimate partner or sexual violence to join the conversation. Your voice is important to us and as we learn and grow together, we are growing our services and access to the queer community in South Carolina. Help us keep folks safer and braver than before. If you're interested in attending a meeting or would like more information, please contact Page Chilton, Community Change and Communications Coordinator at pchilton@sccadvasa.org.

Upcoming Meetings:

June 13 12:30-2:30
September 12 12:30-2:30
December 12 12:30-2:30

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We are so grateful to be tabling at this week's Arts & Draughts at the Columbia Museum of Art. Visit our table where you will be able to pick up one of our new buttons and create your own button. WE'll also be building a "Wall of Support" for survivors with messages of support, encouragement and resistance.

 Art, drink, and be merry! Enjoy beer tastings from The Whig!! of featured beers by Devils Backbone Brewing Company including 8 point IPA with additional samplings of Vienna Lager. Live music from Paper Shoes,NepotismCarpoolparty, and Ouroboros Boys, plus live sets from Dj Siji. Dalí-inspired art-making, a collaborative surrealist collage, D.I.Y. projects with SCCADVASA and Experience Columbia SC, scavenger hunts, a Unique Perspective tour with Auntie Bellum's Heather Green, food from theThe Wurst WagenRealmexicoBone-In Barbeque and more. Join or renew your membership that night and get in free. Presented by McDaniels Subaru of Columbia and Cyberwoven. Sponsored by The Whig!!WXRY 99.3 FM, and Free Times. $9 / $5 for members.

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