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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. Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention serves as a confidential resource to provide advocacy services and connect you with campus and community partners to help you determine your next steps. We're here to help.

Speak with an Advocate

Call 803-777-8248 or drop in to Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention during business hours. Students and faculty and staff members can talk to a trained interpersonal violence advocate.

After Hours: Call USC Police at 803-777-4215 and ask to speak with an SAVIP advocate. You won't have to give any identifying information to the police.

 

SAVIP's Services

Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention provides free, accessible, inclusive and confidential support to any member of the Carolina community who has survived interpersonal violence, regardless of their identity. Our office is a confidential resource, meaning our staff members are not required to disclose your identity.

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

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

A staff member can go with you to the hospital for a forensic evidence exam or to the Center for Health and Well-Being for medical care. We can also go with you to Title IX, Office of Student Conduct and law enforcement meetings and other appointments related to what happened.

We are always available to members of the university community and their families 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.

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

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. Download the Rave Guardian app and review other options for safety with your advocate.

More Options

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

Getting medical attention immediately after an assault is important, whether or not you report the assault or file charges. If you're 18 or older, you don't have to involve law enforcement. 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.

Trained counselors and psychologists can help you during this difficult time. If you're a UofSC Columbia student, call Counseling & Psychiatry at 803-777-5223. If you're a university employee, you can access counseling through the Employee Assistance Program by calling  1-800-633-3353.
Confidential resource: This office is not required to disclose the survivor's identity.

A no contact directive typically is used to de-escalate a situation and can be requested by any person seeking to stop contact from another person. All members of the university community — students and faculty and staff members — can obtain no contact directives.

No contact directives are different from restraining orders. To request a no contact directive, contact the Office of Student Conduct at 803-777-4333.

If you seek help from Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention, a confidential resource, or make a report to Equal Opportunity Programs, you also will be offered the opportunity to request a no contact directive.

Call the USC 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. USC 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.

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

A restraining order is a court order intended to protect people from further harassment or stalking. It is a civil order and does not give the offender a criminal record. However, if a violation of a restraining order occurs, the offender could be arrested. A restraining order can be granted for up to one year.

The Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention office and Law Enforcement and Safety's Victim and Witness Assistance Program are available to help coordinate this option.

Complete a Complaint and Motion for Restraining Order and submit it to a magistrate's office in the county where you live or where the harassment or stalking has occurred. The form for Richland County, S.C., can be accessed at MV 29 Complaint and Motion for Restraining Order. A hearing will be scheduled for the magistrate to hear from the petitioner and defendant. The magistrate will decide whether there is reason to grant a restraining order. If a restraining order is granted, then the defendant will pay the fee associated with the hearing. Otherwise, the petitioner will be responsible for the fee.

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

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