The number of child sexual abuse cases in the United States and South Carolina is staggering. Not all abuse is reported, leaving one to wonder just how staggering exact numbers could be. Whatever the true numbers, people concerned with child sexual abuse all agree that the problem continues to exist and needs to be stopped.
If the child is in immediate danger, call 911.
Reporting suspected abuse is the most important step you can take to protect a child. If you suspect abuse, you will need to call your local law enforcement agency and/or the Department of Social Services (DSS) in your area. If you live in Anderson or Oconee Counties and would like assistance with this process, please contact us at 864-231-7273. We are here to help. If you live outside Anderson or Oconee counties, please call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD®.
If you suspect abuse by someone (regardless of child or adult) who does not have caregiver responsibility for the child, contact your local law enforcement jurisdiction.
If you suspect abuse by a family member who has responsibility for taking care of the child, contact the Department of Social Services in your county:
Anderson County DSS
After Hours: 864-224-6576
Oconee County DSS
After Hours: 864-638-4111
There are professionals who are required by South Carolina law to report suspected child abuse and neglect. Click here for more information on mandatory reporting.