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South Carolina Resources for Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors
Helpful information for victims and families
Sexual assault and abuse are devastating experiences that can have profound and lasting effects on survivors. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault or abuse in South Carolina, it's important to know that there are resources available to help.
This page offers information about the resources and support available to survivors of sexual assault and abuse in South Carolina. We'll discuss the various organizations and agencies that provide services to survivors, including hotlines, counseling, advocacy, and legal assistance. We'll also provide information on how to access these resources and how to navigate the process of seeking help. Think of it as a comprehensive guide to the resources available in South Carolina so that survivors can find the help and support they need to heal and recover.
And, remember that the sexual assault and abuse attorneys at McGowan, Hood, Felder & Philips, LLC are here to help.
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Local Police Stations
You can contact emergency services anywhere in South Carolina by calling 911. Other local police stations in the areas our attorneys serve include:
401 South Main
Street, Anderson, SC 29624
80 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401-0304
North Region: District I
3905 Ensor Avenue
Columbia, SC 29203
West Region: District I
680 Club Road
Columbia, SC 29212
Metro Region: District II
1800 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
S.E. Region: District III
2132 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205
S.E. Region: District IV
446 Spears Creek Church Rd.
Elgin, SC 29045
2222 Highmarket Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
430 North Fraser Street
4 McGee St.,
Greenville, SC 29601
2560 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526
Town of Mount Pleasant
100 Ann Edwards Lane
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
323 Myrtle Avenue
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
120 E. Black Street
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Following are a few hospitals in the same area. After a sexual assault, hospitals can administer a rape kit, which can help your case, should you choose to prosecute. We’ll describe how this process works in the next section.
- AnMed Health Medical Center
- Grand Strand Regional Medical Center
- Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital
- Francis Downtown
- Lexington Medical Center
- MUSC Health
- Piedmont Medical Center
- Spartanburg Regional Healthcare
- Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital
- Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital
This is only a partial list. To search for more hospitals, try the South Carolina Hospital Association Directory Map.
What is a rape kit?
A rape kit, also known as a sexual assault evidence kit or sexual assault forensic exam, is a collection of physical evidence gathered from a person who has experienced a sexual assault or rape. The purpose of a rape kit is to collect and preserve evidence that may be useful later in identifying and prosecuting the perpetrator.
The contents of a rape kit can vary depending on the jurisdiction and the specific needs of the case, but generally include items such as swabs to collect DNA evidence, containers for collecting clothing and other items, and documentation forms to record details about the assault and the collection of evidence.
The collection of evidence through a rape kit can be a traumatic experience for survivors of sexual assault, but it is a crucial step in holding perpetrators accountable for their actions and seeking justice for survivors. Many jurisdictions offer access to a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE), who is specially trained to perform the exam and provide emotional support to survivors throughout the process. It is important to note that survivors have the right to consent or decline a rape kit exam and can receive medical care and support regardless of whether they choose to undergo an exam.
How does a rape kit work?
As mentioned earlier, a rape kit is typically administered by a specially trained medical professional, such as a sexual assault nurse examiner. The exam usually takes place in a private room at a hospital, clinic, or another medical facility.
The process of collecting evidence through a rape kit involves several steps, including:
- Interview. The medical professional will start by asking you about your medical history and the details of the assault. This information will be recorded and can be used as evidence in a criminal investigation.
- Physical exam. They will also conduct a thorough physical exam to look for injuries or other evidence of the assault. This may include taking swabs from your mouth, genitals, and other areas of the body to collect DNA evidence.
- Clothing collection. You may be asked to remove and hand over your clothing, which will be placed in a paper bag to preserve any evidence.
- Documentation. The nurse examiner will document all findings and collect other items, such as hair samples or fingernail clippings.
- Follow-up care. You will also be offered follow-up medical care and counseling services to address any physical or emotional needs.
Once the exam is complete, the evidence collected in the rape kit will be sent to a crime lab for analysis. The results of the analysis may be used as evidence in a criminal trial and may help to identify the perpetrator of the assault. It is important to note you always have the right to decide whether or not to undergo a rape kit exam, and can receive medical care and support regardless of your decision.
Rape and sexual assault resources in SC
We understand that surviving a sexual assault is a traumatic experience. Following is a list of helpful local resources that can provide support. However, if you are in immediate danger, please call 911.
- South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA)
- South Carolina Victim Assistance Network
- South Carolina Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Child Advocacy Center Agencies
- Julie Valentine Center Rape Crisis Services
You can also contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN).
At McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, we are proud to represent survivors of sexual assault. We fiercely protect your rights and work to ensure justice and recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule a free and confidential case review with a compassionate attorney, call one of our offices throughout South Carolina or fill out our contact form today.