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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.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Office of Victims Assistance
204 Crawford Building
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2206
803/323-3332 (fax)