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 hotline any time 24/7 (843)-745-0144 to speak to an advocate and receive support and information.
PAR offers several support group. Support groups are a great way to meet other survivors, share experiences, and receive support in a safe group environment. If you have any questions about our support groups or would like to attend one of the groups please contact Kris by email at FollowUp@PeopleAgainstRape.org or by phone at 843-577-9882.
If you were sexually assaulted as an adult (at age 18 or over) our support group for survivors of adult sexual assault might be right for you. Our Survivors of Adult Sexual Assault Support Group is completely free and we meet once a month a two different locations. Our North Charleston group meets on the first Tuesday of each month and our downtown Charleston group meets on the thrid Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. Check out our flyer for more information.
If you were sexually abused when you were under the age of 18 and are now over the age of 18, our support group for survivors of childhood sexual abuse might be right for you. This group is completely free and we meet once a month on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm. See our flyer for this group for more information.
We also have a support group specifically for College of Charleston students that meets twice monthly on the College of Charleston's campus. If you are a student at the College of Charleston and are interested in attending this support group, reach out to Kris by email at FollowUp@PeopleAgainstRape.org or by phone at 843-577-9882.
Finally, we offer a support group for loved ones of survivors on the fourth Tuesday of every other month from 6:30pm-7:30pm. If you are over the age of 18 you are welcome to attend this free group to give and receive support from other loved ones of survivors in a safe, facilitated setting. See our flyer for this group for more information.
Working with Law Enforcement
If you are working with the police, that can also bring up a lot of emotions. A PAR staff member can be with you through the process of working with the police and the court system.
You can call our 24/7 hotline (843-745-0144) to speak to someone about those reactions and feelings or to ask for a staff member to accompany you to court or to a police department. You are not alone.