Healing after a sexual assault can be a complex process. Everyone has their own way of coping, but it is important to note that some feelings and thoughts after an assault are common and many survivors share them. Feelings and thoughts about sexual assault can bother you even if it happened a long time ago. Call our 24/7, confidential hotline at (843)-745-0144 and speak to an advocate to receive support and additional information about ongoing care and support groups.
PAR offers several support groups, all of which are free and confidential. Support groups are a great way to connect with other survivors and those affected by sexual assault. In a support group, you can share experiences, engage in discussions, and receive support in a safe, facilitated settings. All of our groups are mixed gender, and support group attendees are welcome to share as much or as little as they want.
To learn more about support groups or to complete an intake to attend, call the PAR Office at 843-577-9882 or send Leigh an email at FollowUp@PeopleAgainstRape.org.
Support Group for Adult Survivors of Sexual Assault: Meets on the first Tuesday of every month in downtown Charleston and the third Tuesday of every month in North Charleston. This group is for survivors who were sexually assaulted as an adult.
Support Group for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Meets on the second Tuesday of every month in downtown Charleston. This group is designed for those who were sexually abused under the age of 18 and are now 18 or older.
Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Assault Experiencing Homelessness: Meets on the first and third Thursday of every month at One80 Place in downtown Charleston. This group is for survivors of sexual assault experiencing homelessness. Survivors do not need to be a resident of One80 Place to attend.
Healing Arts Support Group: Meets on the second Monday of every month at the Charleston County Public Library. This group will explore healing after a sexual assault through artistic and expressive means such as painting and yoga.
Support Group for Loved Ones of Survivors of Sexual Assault: Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every other month in downtown Charleston. This group is specifically for partners, parents, and caregivers of survivors to share their experiences and learn about how to support their loved one after a sexual assault.
Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Assault at the College of Charleston: Meeting times for this group change each semester. For this semester’s meeting time, contact Leigh by email at FollowUp@PeopleAgainstRape.org or by calling them at 843-577-9882. This group is specifically for survivors of sexual assault who are also students at the College of Charleston.
All support groups are free and confidential. To find out more about a support group and to complete an intake to attend, call the PAR Office at 843-577-9882 or send Leigh an email at FollowUp@PeopleAgainstRape.org.
Working with Law Enforcement
The criminal justice process can bring up a lot of emotions for survivors. A PAR staff member can be with you through the process of working with the police and the court system.
Feel free to call our 24/7, confidential hotline at (843)-745-0144 to speak to an advocate about reactions and feelings you are experiencing, or to ask for a staff member to accompany you to court or a police department.