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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Did you know nationally:

1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men report being raped during their lifetime.

Here in SC:

45.9% of women and 17.8% of men report being victims of sexual violence or coercion other than rape.

In SC over 5,500 individuals accessed services for the 1st time at a Rape Crisis Center.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual Assault is defined as, forced or coerced sexual contact without consent – the presence of a clear yes, not the absence of a no. It can take the form of:

  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Child sexual abuse/molestation
  • Harassment
  • Exposing/flashing
  • Forcing a person to pose for sexual pictures
  • Fondling/unwanted sexual touching above & under clothing or
  • Force, which may include but not limited to: use/display of a weapon; physical battering; or immobilization
  • If you or someone you know is a victim/survivor of sexual assault contact one of the agencies below to get help:

    National Sexual Assault Hotline

    1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

    24 hours a day/7 days a week

    Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

    803-771-7273

    SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA)

    803-256-2900


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