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Victims & Survivors

IF YOU ARE RAPED

  Get to a safe place and consider notifying the police.

  Call RCC for support and information at (843) 448-7273 (Horry County) or (843) - 545-5198 (Georgetown County)

  If you're considering reporting the assault to the police, don't bathe, don't brush your teeth, don't shower, don't douche,
      don't
change your clothes, don't eat, don't drink, don't smoke and don't urinate.

  Get immediate medical attention for possible injuries, sexually transmitted diseases/infections and pregnancy. Keep follow-
      up medical appointments (testing for possible pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases/infections).

YOU ARE NOT AT FAULT!

  You did not provoke the assault. The responsibility for the sexual assault lies totally with the perpetrator.

  You are not alone. Breaking the silence often begins the healing process.

  Many survivors wonder if their experience is "bad enough to count as rape." There is no trivial rape. The important thing in
      defining rape is how you feel about the experience.

  Survivors don't have to live with the devastating effects of the rape for the rest of their lives. With hard work and good
      support, most survivors not only heal, but thrive.

  Most survivors find therapy and support groups crucial to recovery. Therapy and support groups can help survivors regain
      control of their feelings and their lives.

  Survivors can't change their past. But, through therapy, the sexual assault may no longer seem like the most important
      thing in their lives.

  There is no clear end to the healing process. It's a way of growing that continues throughout the survivor's life.

SEXUAL ASSAULT FACTS!

  Every two and a half minutes a woman is sexually assaulted.

  About 1 out of 3 females and 1 out of 6 males will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime.

  Sexual assault can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race, age, nationality, etc.

  Any person, adult, or child of any age can be sexually assaulted.

  Sexual assault is a violent crime based on the act of power, control, and domination. It has nothing to do with sex or
      physical attractiveness.

  Typical rapists can be anyone from your neighbor to a friend. There is absolutely no way to tell who is a rapist and who is
      not.

  Rapists are usually an acquaintance or a friend of the victim.

  A sexual assault victim does NOTHING to deserve being assaulted. The victim is not to blame.

  Sexual assault is a horrifying experience but it does not have to completely destroy your life. RCC CAN help you regain
      your sense of normalcy after being sexually assaulted.

 

 


The Rape Crisis Center | 24-hour crisis hotline 843-448-7273 (RAPE) | PO Box 613 | Myrtle Beach, SC 29578 

Myrtle Beach: 843-448-3180 | Georgetown: 843-545-5198
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