What is anonymous reporting?

The SC Legislature passed HB 3677 in 2009 to eliminate the requirement for law enforcement authorization prior to collection of a Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit. Anonymous Reporting is an option where a victim of sexual assault can choose not to make an official incident report to law enforcement, yet still have forensic evidence collected. The evidence will be stored for one year. This provides survivors time to decide if they would like to pursue an investigation. If a survivor does choose to pursue a legal investigation they may contact law enforcement or request law enforcement to contact them, according to their wishes. If the survivor does not wish to pursue a legal investigation, the evidence will be destroyed one year after collection. For more information about how to file an anonymous report, please call our hotline at (803) 771-7273.