About Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S.
- S- Sexual Violence
- P- Prevention
- E- Education
- A- Advocacy
- S- Services
Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S. (formerly People Against Rape) was founded in 1974. In September 1975, we officially opened our doors as one of the first rape crisis centers in South Carolina. Through the years, Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S. Sexual Assault Center has remained a consistent resource for the community and continued to evaluate services to continue to meet the needs of survivors.
We offer free, confidential services to adult survivors of sexual assault in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties of South Carolina. Our services include a 24-hour hotline, hospital accompaniment during Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFE), police and law enforcement accompaniment, court accompaniment, follow-up services, as well as support groups. To learn more about any of our direct services, call our hotline 24/7 at 843-745-0144.
We are also currently expanding our education and prevention programs to teach sexual assault prevention in high schools, colleges, medical facilities, faith communities, and other locations. To learn more about educational pieces of training and prevention programs, visit our Prevention and Education resources.
Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S. Sexual Assault Center provides essential services to victims and survivors of sexual violence and educates and engages the community in the awareness and prevention of sexual assault in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties.
Creating proactive communities that speak up against sexual violence and foster environments that promote healing and resilience for people impacted by sexual violence.
- No one deserves to be a victim of sexual violence.
- All victims and survivors should be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect.
- Survivors’ voices, needs, and decisions drive the work of what we do.
- We support survivors’ rights to justice, safety, privacy, and autonomy.
- All victims and survivors have the right to comprehensive and effective services, support, and information.
- Perpetrators of sexual violence must be held accountable.
- Strong partnerships, public education, and awareness are essential to prevent sexual violence and its devastating impact on victims, families, and communities.
- Our agency does not discriminate in the delivery of services or benefits based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or age.