About Us

How We Support Lexington and Richland County

 The Midlands Sexual Assault Response Team, is driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our pursuits in offender accountability and sexual violence prevention. 

Get Involved

Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are looking for professionals with expertise in criminal justice, outreach, advocacy, healthcare, mental health, and education to help us make our vision a reality. 

Thank You

Whether you help through volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 

YOUR SAFETY IS IMPORTANT. If you are in immediate danger, call 911

Resources

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

Sistercare

Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention and Prevention (SAVIP)

The Hive Community Circle

South Carolina Attorney General (General Inquiries)

Prisma Health Regional Forensic Program

SC Attorney General Resources

South Carolina Office of the Attorney General, Department of Crime Victim Compensation

S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Program

South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force

Additional Resources

Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center

 803-358-7200 

South Carolina Department of Social Services

For general inquires call: (803) 898-7601    See website for additional information.  

South Carolina Legal Services

To apply for legal services contact and discuss available services:  1-(888) 346-5592 

Go to website by clicking the "Find out more" button below.

Law Enforcement Agencies

Lexington County Sheriff's Office

803-785-8230

Richland County Sheriff's Office

803-576-3000

Columbia Police Department

803-545-3500

Cayce Public Safety

803-794-0456

University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety

803-777-4215

Lexington Police Department

803-359-6260

West Columbia Police Department

803-794-0721 Ext *221 (for non-emergency)

National Hotlines

National Sexual Assault Hotline

  

24/7 Free. Confidential. 

1-800-656-HOPE

www.rainn.org

Online chat is available 

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  

24/7 Free. Confidential

1-800-799-7233

1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  

24/7 Free. Confidential.

1-800-273-8225

Online chat is available

1-800-799-4889 (TTY)

1-800-273-8225 (Voice/Caption Phone)

1-800-273-8255 (Video Relay Service)

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

The Trevor Project Lifeline

24/7. Free. Confidential.

Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth

1-866-488-7386

Online chat is available 

DoD SafeHelpline

  

Anonymous. Confidential. Secure.

24/7 Free.

1-877-995-5247

Live chat is available

www.safehelpline.org.

National Human Trafficking Hotline

24/7. Confidential.

1-888-373-7888

TTY: 711

Text: 233733

Online chat is available

South Carolina Crime Victims' Constitutional Rights

 

 

S.C. Constitution, Article I

SECTION 24. Victims' Bill of Rights.

(A) To preserve and protect victims' rights to justice and due process regardless of race, sex, age, religion, or economic status, victims of crime have the right to:

(1) be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity, and to be free from intimidation, harassment, or abuse, throughout the criminal and juvenile justice process, and informed of the victim's constitutional rights, provided by statute;

(2) be reasonably informed when the accused or convicted person is arrested, released from custody, or has escaped;

(3) be informed of and present at any criminal proceedings which are dispositive of the charges where the defendant has the right to be present;

(4) be reasonably informed of and be allowed to submit either a written or oral statement at all hearings affecting bond or bail;

(5) be heard at any proceeding involving a post-arrest release decision, a plea, or sentencing;

(6) be reasonably protected from the accused or persons acting on his behalf throughout the criminal justice process;

(7) confer with the prosecution, after the crime against the victim has been charged, before the trial or before any disposition and informed of the disposition;

(8) have reasonable access after the conclusion of the criminal investigation to all documents relating to the crime against the victim before trial;

(9) receive prompt and full restitution from the person or persons convicted of the criminal conduct that caused the victim's loss or injury, including both adult and juvenile offenders;

(10) be informed of any proceeding when any post-conviction action is being considered, and be present at any post-conviction hearing involving a post-conviction release decision;

(11) a reasonable disposition and prompt and final conclusion of the case;

(12) have all rules governing criminal procedure and the admissibility of evidence in all criminal proceedings protect victims' rights and have these rules subject to amendment or repeal by the legislature to ensure protection of these rights.

The complete SC Victims’ Bill of Rights may be found at SC Legislature Online http://www.scstatehouse.gov/scconstitution/scconst.php support services Midlands Sexual Assault Response Team