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How to recognize and respond to parental abuse

South Carolina residents often hear stories of child abuse, or about instances of domestic violence that involve one partner causing harm to another. However, it is not every day that the news shares stories about parental abuse, which occurs when teens act out violently against their parents or guardians. Though there may be several factors that explain lack of awareness, more often than not, it is because parental abuse is so unacknowledged that many parents do not recognize it, even when it happens to them.

DNA collection upon arrest

When arrested in South Carolina, individuals may have to provide a DNA sample as part of the routine booking process. This is a highly controversial thing because some feel it is a violation of rights. Specifically, they have concern over it being a wrongful search and seizure. However, according to NPR, the Supreme Court ruled taking DNA after an arrest for a serious crime is legal.

Is fighting considered assault?

At one time or another, you may find yourself in a situation where someone challenges you to a fight or involves you in a fight. When this happens in South Carolina, could you face charges of assault? That depends on the situation, but in general, fighting is against the law. The Code of Laws specifies that fighting or even enticing someone to fight is illegal. However, there is one detail to keep in mind. The fight must include the use of a deadly weapon.

What is a restraining order?

If you have been physically abused or assaulted by another person in South Carolina, then you have the right to protect yourself legally. One option is to get a restraining order against the person. Under the law, the South Carolina Judicial Department explains that you can get a restraining order, referred to as an order of protection by the court, if you have been injured physically by another person or you have received threats of physical injury from another person.

Protecting yourself against sexual assault accusations

The discussion concerning consent and sex has seen a dramatic shift in the past few years. It's important to know what constitutes consent in today's world. One study estimates that about one-third of college men do not know what constitutes rape. In fact, in a 2015 article published in "JAMA Pediatrics," 10.8 percent of college men had committed rape in either high school or college based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation definition of the crime.

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