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20-year-old woman raped in parking lot of SC church, police say

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Sexual violence is a social and public health problem in the U.S. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nearly 1 in 2 women & 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape in their lives.
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Sexual violence is a social and public health problem in the U.S. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nearly 1 in 2 women & 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape in their lives.

South Carolina police officers were called after a 20 year old woman said she’d been raped in the parking lot of a Union church, according to a Union police report.

The woman was sitting in the parking lot of the Union Presbyterian Church on Nov. 3 after leaving a nearby party when she was raped, she told police, according to the report.

While sitting on the asphalt in the parking lot, the woman heard a person approach from behind her, according to the report. She tried to crawl away on her hands and knees, a man grabbed her and pushed her to the ground.

When police were called to the scene, they found the woman still on the ground in the parking lot, according to the statement. They helped her up and took her to a local hospital.

The woman said she didn’t see the man, but that she tried to escape from him by crawling away, according to the report. She had bruises and scrapes on her hands and knees.

Police are seeking the man.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.


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