Victims Assistance

Empowering the Survivor


The Office of Victims Assistance has expanded their services to provides direct services to survivors of major crimes including, but not limited to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, bullying, and bias crime as well as campus-wide educational programming to prevent these crimes from occurring. The office is staffed with a full-time Victim Services Coordinator and a full-time licensed counselor who provide on-going support to the survivor, male or female, from the time of initial reporting. The staff provides counseling services and assists with obtaining sexual assault forensic exams, STI testing/treatment, pregnancy prevention, housing options, legal prosecution, and access to other support services. Each case is handled individually, and the client is allowed to select which services he or she wishes to pursue.

In the case of an after-hours emergency, please call Campus Police at 803/323-3333
or the local rape crisis center, Safe Passage, at 803/329-2800.

Mission Statement

The Office of Victims Assistance is committed to providing direct services
to survivors of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking,
and victims of crimes or discrimination based on bias.
We support and provide campus-wide educational programming and education
directed at eradicating sexual violence both on campus and in the community.

Below you will find important information about our office:

Students reporting incidents of sexual assault are often concerned for their privacy and have questions about confidentiality. At Winthrop University, there is a difference between privileged reporting and limited confidential reporting.

Anonymous Reporting:
SC law guarantees that a victim may receive services while choosing not to report to law enforcement. The information that is acquired through the medical examination performed by the SANE nurse is provided anonymously to law enforcement and given a number rather than a name. The evidence will be retained for up to one year, should a victim decide to press charges. If law enforcement is notified, the report is no longer anonymous. If the person committing the sexual assault is a legal spouse, the evidence will be retained for 30 days.

Limited Confidential Reporting:
Limited confidential reporting relates to all other individuals who may be a part of the response team. It simply means that they will not disseminate information shared without the consent of the victim except on a need-to-know basis to enlist services needed for the student.

  Examples of Designated Limited Confidential Reporting Resources:
   Faculty or staff
   Residence Life and Greek Life staff
   Student Affairs and Dean of Students Office
   Victim Services Coordinator

Parental/Legal Guardian/Partner Notification:
When and if parents and/or legal guardians are contacted is a decision the victim should make, unless there are extenuating circumstances. A member of the sexual violence response team such as the Dean or Assistant Dean of Students can assist a student with notification. In some instances, when there is a significant health or safety concern, the university may need to notify the parents, guardian, or partner of the individual involved in the sexual assault. In making this determination, the university will consider the wishes of those involved, their personal safety, and the safety of the campus community.

Privileged Reporting:
Privileged reporting consists of those communications that legally cannot be disclosed without the reporter's consent to any other person, except under very limited circumstances (e.g., imminent threat of danger to self or others).

  Campus Ministry (ordained minister, priest, or rabbi)
  Counseling staff (including the Office of Victims Assistance Staff Counselor, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, or social workers)
  Health service staff (nurses or nurse practitioners)

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