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Division of Women's Health

Sexual Violence Services Program

The Sexual Violence Services Program administers contracts, provides technical assistance, and works collaboratively with the state’s fifteen rape crisis centers (RCC) and the statewide coalition, the S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) (pdf). The program monitors $1.6 million in state and federal funds earmarked for sexual violence services.

We believe

  • Sexual violence can be prevented by changing attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that support and condone violence against women.
  • It is essential that men are engaged as allies in efforts to prevent and eliminate sexual violence.
  • Rates are unacceptable and of epidemic proportion in South Carolina.

African-American young couple hugging and smiling at each other.Our vision is 

  • A safe environment where males and females live together with mutual respect
  • A South Carolina free from violence, sexual harassment and exploitation


  • To transform the culture of violence norm into a no-tolerance of violence norm and to promote a society in South Carolina that is knowledgeable about sexual violence and ways to prevent and reduce it. A special emphasis is placed on primary prevention and education in schools,colleges, and for community groups.
  • To continue to support intervention and direct victim services provided by the state’s rape crisis centers (RCC) and the state coalition


  • Explores ways to develop a more comprehensive sexual assault surveillance system to monitor success of area programs.
  • Develops the capacity of public health through partnerships to aid in prevention.
  • Works with the RCC and SCCADVASA to inform and educate the public, with particular emphasis on prevention education for school age populations.
  • Collaborates on public awareness/education efforts.
  • Supports efforts to inform and educate legislators and policy makers about the impact of violence in South Carolina and the importance of prevention.
  • Supports RCC in provision of effective prevention programs, focusing on primary prevention in public and private schools and community groups.
  • Supports RCC in provision of victim/survivor services, including 24-hour hotlines, hospital accompaniments, counseling, crisis interventions, support groups, and advocacy with law enforcement and judicial systems.
  • With SCCADVASA, provides statewide training’s for sexual violence public health staff and community organizations, to include public policy work.

‘09 Success

101,108 people were reached by sexual violence educational awareness programs.

3,318 0-5 year olds
45,017 6-18 year olds
10,331 College students
40,627 Adults
1,815 School personnel trained

Statistics collected from 16 centers and submitted to DHEC

Rape, Abuse & Incest national network. 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). Toll-free. Available 24/7South Carolina statistics  

4,966 new, direct primary victims were served by the 16 sexual assault centers in S.C. in 2009:

  • 52 percent were ages 18-64
  • 26 percent were ages 12-17
  • 30 percent were children under 11.
  • 2,364 secondary victims were also served; individuals other than primary victims affected by crime such as significant others, children, etc

National statistics

  • 61 percent of rape victims are sexually assaulted before the age of 18.
    (American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Adolescents)
  • In 8 out of 10 rape cases, the victim knew the perpetrator.
    (Tjaden & Thoennes 2000)


For additional information, contact: (803) 898-0670.