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SCCADVASA has been contacted by a survivor who has been working with attorneys, advocates, and academics across the country to raise awareness and bring an end to a traumatic practice of invasive gynecological exams that survivors of sexual assault are required to undergo in some locations across the country in order to proceed with criminal proceedings against their perpetrator. These exams are also referred to as “court-ordered rapes.” Although SCCADVASA has not been made aware of this practice happening in South Carolina, if you are a survivor who has been ordered to undergo such an exam, you can access free, confidential help by reaching out to your local rape crisis center.

In addition, attorney Melissa Fry Hague from the firm Goldman Scarlato & Penny is available to hear you or your client’s story as she tracks these cases and researched the legal rights for survivors who have been impacted. You can reach Melissa at,, or at 1-484-344-5850.

More information about this harmful practice can be found at:

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