Get Help


If you or someone you know has experienced abuse or sexual assault, help is available. These hotlines are free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National Domestic Violence Hotline:  1.800.799.SAFE (7233)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)

Find an advocate near you:

To find an advocate near you, please visit our member programs page.

Things to remember if you have been assaulted:

  • It is not your fault.  No matter where you were, what you’ve done, what choices you’ve made, or what happened to you—it is not your fault.
  • Be patient with yourself.  You have experienced a trauma. Healing takes time.
  • Believe in yourself. You are still capable of doing all the things you did before this happened.  You are the same person you have always been—only stronger.
  • People care about what happens to you. Talk to someone.  Talk to a trusted friend, family member, co-worker, or call a sexual assault or domestic violence advocacy program.  Advocates are always available to talk.  Find an advocate (link to member program list).

If you have a friend or family member who has been abused or sexually assaulted, the three best things to say are:

  • I believe you.
  • It is not your fault.
  • I will help you.  (And then actually do it).

Some things to remember as you are supporting the victim:

  • Never blame the victim for what happened.  The blame ALWAYS lies with the offender.
  • Don’t make choices or decisions for the victim.
  • Never tell anyone about what happened to the victim.  Respect the victim’s right to tell those s/he wants to know.
  • Remind the victim that you love and care about him/her.
  • Support the victim’s decisions, even if you don’t agree with them.
  • Listen.  Don’t try to fix anything.  Just listen.
  • Learn more about sexual and domestic violence.  Knowledge is power! Contact SCCADVASA at (803) 256-2900 for more information.
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