Directors Reconnect at WLC conference

Beyond Abuse former Executive Directors, Charlotte Ehney, Martha Busterna and Kris Burris recently reconnected with new ED Cathy Miller at the Women’s Leadership Conference Sept 16, 2014 which was held on the campus of Piedmont Technical College



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RAINN offers Help Room for Military Victims

Supporting Survivors in the Military 
RAINN offers a variety of resources for both staff and community to support survivors of sexual assault who are active duty military or transitioning service members.   
New group chat resource for survivors of sexual assault in the Military!
Safe HelpRoom is a group chat service provided through DOD Safe Helplinethat allows sexual assault survivors in the military to connect with, and support, one another in a moderated and secure online environment. 

Created based on direct visitor feedback and built to specifically take into consideration the ever changing lives of military service members, Safe HelpRoom is open twice a week for two hours. Each session has a moderator who can help keep the conversation focused and a reviewer that ensures all participants adhere to some basic ground rules.
If you might benefit from talking with peers, visit for session times and additional information. The service is free and no reservation is necessary. 

Ballentine Ford Lincoln makes donation

Bal Ballentine with George Ballentine Ford, Lincoln, Inc presented Beyond Abuse’s Executive Director, Cathy Miller a check for $1800 on September 11, 2014.  The donation was made possible by Ballentine Ford’s annual August fundraiser where a buyer could select a charity to receive a $200 donation for each new or used vehicle purchased.  Thank you to Bal and his staff and thank you to the community for your support.



Ballentine Ford




Day of Unity Aug 30 2014


No, this is not Angel, but our own Yello Dyno taking a break from the hot sun at the recent Day of Unity held at the Brewer Complex here in Greenwood, SC.  Great way for us to increase awareness about our programs with the local community.  Thanks to Angel for representing us and enduring the heat.




day of unity Yellow Dyno Aug 30 2014

Walmart Donation

Laura Kazee, Director FI and HR accepts a gift card from Walmart employee Vanessa on Aug 25, 2014.





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Beyond Abuse participates in Parents Expo

Staff members Keller Ridgeway, Allison Parris, and Angel Thompson man the booth at the Parents Expo held Aug 9,2014 in Greenwood.



parent Expo Aug 2014

Beyond Abuse conducts training for Emergency Dept at Self Regional Healthcare

Staff members, Jessica Bell and Charlotte Ehney conducted training on July 31, 2014 for the Emergency Department staff at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, SC.

The topic was Acute Rape Kits and Mandated Reporting

SELF training Aug 2014 - jessica




Re-Dedication Ceremony to be held Wed August 13, 2014

Sexual Assault Protocol Approved by SC Attorney General

Good morning, It is with great pleasure that I announce our first multidisciplinary South Carolina Sexual Assault Protocol has been approved by the Attorney General of South Carolina.  This tool serves as a guide for SARTs across the state to develop community based sexual assault protocols to effectively meet the needs of sexual assault victims in the state of South Carolina. Please distribute this to all professionals who work for victims of sexual assault.

Thanks to all those who worked tirelessly to make this protocol a reality.  It is my belief that working together as a team, makes us stronger and better at serving our communities.

Anne E. McKibbin, PhD, RN
SC Victim Assistance Network
Statewide FNE Coordinator
113 Executive Pointe Blvd., Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29210

The Sexual Trauma & Counseling Center has become Beyond Abuse

Why “Beyond Abuse”?

The results of a 2012 Organizational Assessment revealed a level of discomfort and confusion with regard to the agency name Sexual Trauma & Counseling Center and the child advocacy program name, The Child’s Place.  A Community Awareness ad hoc committee was formed in 2013 and charged with the responsibility of determining the need for a name change and/or rebranding of the organization.  Two focus groups were held in March 2013.  The results of the focus group highlighted the concerns community leaders and partnering agencies had regarding “two names” and the “harshness” of the words “sexual trauma”.  It was concluded that the name Sexual Trauma & Counseling Center no longer described the full array of services being offered to victims, their families and the community.

Professional marketing consultants were added to the ad hoc committee and the name Beyond Abuse was selected and approved by the full Board of Directors.  A nonprofit corporation articles of amendment was filed with the State of SC Secretary of State and approved on June 13, 2013.