In 2016 Richland County saw 147 survivors of sexual assault, 100 of these survivors were children 17 years old and younger, and the remaining 47 were adults over the age of 18. In a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives. Approximately 1 in 20 women and men experienced sexual violence other than rape, such as; being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, or non-contact unwanted sexual experiences, in the 12 months prior to the survey.” These results are based on the number of people who report sexual violence, there are many cases that are left unreported due to many reasons. In some instances, reporting the crime can provide healing to a survivor of sexual violence. To report the crime it is important to know how-to act and utilize your rights.

Starting the healing process is not always easy as there are many impacts of sexual violence on survivors and their loved ones. These impacts include, but are not limited to; anxiety, depression, fear, loss of sleep, and substance abuse. If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual violence, reporting the crime can be a first step in seeking justice, and holding the perpetrator accountable for their actions. There are many resources available to assist you, view the list below, and click HERE to view our page about our sexual assault team and services. Contact The Shelter 800-931-7233, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with a trained advocate. The hotline is completely confidential.


How-To Act:





Contact The Shelter to connect with a trained advocate 800-931-7233.

In an emergency dial 9-1-1


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Sexual Violence: Facts at a glance. Retrieved from:

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