On Sept. 30, Women in Law, a student organization at the University of South Carolina School of Law, held its annual “WIL to Run 5K Race” to benefit Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. STSM provides services and support to victims of sexual trauma, as well as educational opportunities to the community to help prevent sexual assault.
Seventy-six runners came out to support the cause, helping WIL raise $2,200 for STSM through race registrations and pledges. But WIL treasurer Patty West says their goals extend beyond the monetary donations.
“Our race is not only focused on raising money, but also raising awareness and helping to create an open dialogue about sexual assault. Volunteers held signs along the route that gave runners information about STSM’s mission, statistics about sexual assault in the Midlands and nationwide, and resources for those affected by sexual assault.”
School of Law professor Clint Wallace came in first place overall with a time of 17:43. Law professors Marcia Zug and Steve Austermiller also placed in their age group categories, as did law students Justin Wolf and Jessica Shultz. But it wasn’t all about winning, as the group found ways to make sure all participants had a good time.
“This year we gave out a last place prize, as well as prizes for the slowest and fastest dogs. Our fastest dog only had 3 legs and was accompanied by his student companion, Clare Kelly.”
Prior to the race, Women in Law hosted a discussion with Margaret Bodman, a senior resource attorney for the Children’s Law Center and an adjunct professor. She spoke with students about her experience as a sex crimes prosecutor.
“That was a great opportunity for law students to see how their work as lawyers could directly affect survivors of sexual assault,” said West. “We’re looking forward to next year’s race and hopefully more events that can provide awareness and support to this issue.”