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Is Someone You Know or Love A Victim of Sexual Violence?

Signs and/or Symptoms...

  • Frequent absenteeism due to medical problems or concerns about children
  • Will not make appointment without abuser
  • Is secretive about home life
  • Makes excuses about abuser's behavior
  • Does not feel confident making any decision without abuser
  • Has bruising patterns such as rings, fingerprints, or fists
  • Has new bruises on top of old bruises
  • Volunteers explanation that is inconsistent with appearance of injury
  • Minimizes injury (Victim's may say "It's not that bad..." or "It's just a scratch")

What can you do...

  • Obtain literature about domestic violence to give to a person when he/she is away from the abuser.
  • Provide victim with information about local shelter and services.
  • Realize that this is a very difficult time for the victim. They feel responsible, afraid, and ashamed.

Suggestions to say to the victim...

  • "I am afraid for your safety."
  • "I am here for you when you are ready to leave."
  • "You do not deserve to be abused."

We are here to support you, no matter the circumstances.

Office of Victims Assistance
204 Crawford Building
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-3332 (fax)