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Getting Help

If you have experienced interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking or harassment, you might feel overwhelmed or confused about what to do. We're here to help.

Contact an Advocate

The Office of Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention's trained advocates, who are on call 24/7, will listen without judgment and offer options, resources, information and support. Our office is a confidential resource, meaning our staff members are not required to disclose your identity.

Our Services

We provide free, accessible, inclusive and confidential support to any member of the Carolina community who has survived interpersonal violence, regardless of their identity.

Advocacy

We can assist you by providing information and resources and by empowering you to make your own choices.

Accompaniment

We can accompany you to appointments, including sexual assault forensic exams performed at local hospitals, medical appointments at UofSC's Center for Health and Well-Being and meetings with campus or local law enforcement or with student conduct officials.

Safety Planning

We can help you identify ways to increase your physical and online safety and help you create a detailed plan that's tailored to your circumstances.

Academic Assistance

Working with the undergraduate student ombudsman, we can facilitate academic assistance to minimize negative effects on your academic performance.

Housing Changes

We can assist you with residence hall or housing changes that help you feel safer and more comfortable.

Consultation

We are always available to members of the UofSC community to answer questions; explain processes, rights, options and resources; and help people who are supporting survivors. We cannot discuss information regarding a specific survivor or incident without a signed authorization from the survivor.

 

More Options

After experiencing interpersonal violence, there are other steps you can take.

Contact the police.

Call the UofSC police department at 803-777-4215 or 911 as soon as possible. Reporting the assault is not the same as prosecuting. The decision to pursue legal action can be made later. UofSC police can help connect you with an advocate, take a report, transport you to the hospital and assist you with a court-issued restraining order/order of protection. Consider preserving evidence by avoiding showering or cleaning yourself or your clothing.

Get medical attention.

Getting medical attention immediately after an assault is important, whether or not you report the assault or file charges. Medical attention can detect, document and treat physical injury, sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. Go to the Palmetto Richland Emergency Room [map] at 5 Richland Medical Park Dr., Columbia, SC 29203.
Confidential resource: This office is not required to disclose the survivor's identity.

Find emotional support.

Trained counselors and psychologists can help you during this difficult time. Call Counseling & Psychiatry at 803-777-5223.
Confidential resource: This office is not required to disclose the survivor's identity.

Contact the campus Title IX coordinator.

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender. Acts of sexual violence constitute sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. If you have questions, contact the Title IX coordinator or call 803-777-3854.

Contact the Office of Student Conduct.

After you report the assault to the Title IX coordinator, the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs will conduct an investigation and work with the Office of Student Conduct and others to issue interim measures if necessary. If EOP determines there is sufficient information to suggest a Title IX violation, then Student Conduct will review the case and follow through with a finding and appropriate resolutions. If you have questions, contact the Office of Student Conduct at 803-777-4333.

 

Take Care of Yourself

It's important to do what you can to feel safe, healthy and comfortable. Self-care is personal and can look different for everyone. If one of these activities or efforts does not work for you, try another. It may take time to determine what's best for you.

  • Listen to music or a podcast, or watch a favorite TV show or movie.
  • Explore creative outlets like drawing, painting, writing or playing music.
  • Call someone you trust to talk about what you're feeling, what happened or something completely unrelated.
  • Exercise.
  • Engage in mindfulness, meditation or spiritual practice.

 

If someone tells you they've experienced interpersonal violence

Listen without judgment, tell them you believe them and offer your support. Students and university employees can learn how to support survivors of interpersonal violence. 

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