Pee Dee Coalition is committed to the prevention of sexual assault and violence in South Carolina. The Coalition offers several programs and services to educate the public about sexual assault and aid victim survivors.
Sexual assault refers to “any unwanted” sexual activity; rape is just one type of sexual assault. Sexual assault is a personal humiliation that often devastates the mind and emotions more than the body. Victims usually have feelings of anger and shock.
Types of sexual assault can include non-physical acts such as obscene phone calls, exhibitionism, voyeurism, and sexual harassment.
Victims often do not seek help or tell anyone about the rape because it is not identified as rape. They may feel ashamed, guilty, betrayed, and frightened–particularly after being raped by someone they know.
Sexual assault can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It crosses all ages, races, sexualalities, and economic barriers.
Sexual assault occurs between strangers, acquaintances, friends and most of the time occurs between individuals who know each other in some way. This includes acquaintance rape, date rape, incest, and marital rape.
Reducing Your Risk of Sexual Assault
Potentially dangerous situations can be avoided by keeping the following precautions in mind:
Be assertive. You have the right to refuse requests without explaining, to express discomfort, to change your mind, and to ask others to adjust behavior that is bothering you.
Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy, pay attention. If you feel threatened, get out of the situation immediately. Forget your embarrassment and your manners.
Be cautious of alcohol and other drugs. Someone intending to commit rape may try to blur the judgement of the victim with alcohol or drugs. It is unwise for a victim to drink more than they can handle, as it can increase the risk of sexual assault.
Exercise good common sense. Take precautions such as keeping doors and windows locked. Never open a door for strangers or walk alone at night. Make as much noise as possible if someone attacks you, and find well lit areas or more crowded areas if someone is following you.
What To Do if You Have Been Raped
- If you’ve been raped, there are a few things to do immediately after:
- Get to a safe place, call 911 if you are still in immediate danger.
- Do not bathe or clean yourself in any way. Do not use the bathroom or eat.
- Seek medical attention for any injuries sustained during the attack, STD prophylaxis, and/or emergency contraceptives ASAP.
- You can have a Sexual Assault Kit done in the Emergency Department to collect evidence free of charge WITHOUT having to involve Law Enforcement. It is your decision on whether to report the assault to police. Talk to someone. Don’t try to deal with this alone. Call a friend, a family member, or our 24 hour crisis line. There are plenty of people who can help you get through this.