What to do if you have been sexually assaulted

If you have been sexually assaulted, it is not your fault. Help is available.

Contact the police: Call the USC Police Department at 803-777-4215 or 911. 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.

Seek professional help: Trained advocates, who are on call 24/7, can provide support, information, referrals and temporary housing. Contact Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention at 803-777-8248.
This is a confidential resource.

Get medical attention: Getting medical attention immediately after an assault is important, whether or not you report the assault or file charges. Medical attention can detect, document and treat physical injury, sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. Go to the Palmetto Richland Emergency Room at 5 Richland Medical Park Dr., Columbia, SC 29203.
This is a confidential resource.

Find emotional support: Trained counselors and psychologists can help you during this difficult time. Call the Counseling & Human Development Center at
This is a confidential resource.

Contact the USC Office of Student Conduct: You can file a complaint (different from a police report) against an alleged assailant, conduct an investigation and arrange protective measures including no-contact orders and residence hall and class schedule changes. File a complaint here: www.sc.edu/sexualassault or call

Report the incident to the campus Title IX coordinator: File a report here: www.sa.sc.edu/shs/savip/report. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Acts of sexual violence constitute sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. If you have questions, call 803-777-3854.

For more information, visit www.sc.edu/sexualassault.