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South Carolina’s only female state senator spoke about her own family’s struggles with domestic violence on the floor Tuesday.
State Sen. Katrina Shealy, R-Lexington, spoke as the Senate continued debating a bill that seeks to impose tougher punishments for convicted batterers. It also came as opponents continue to hold up a vote because the bill would bar an offender from owning a gun after a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction.
During her five-minute speech, Shealy said her sister struggled with an abusive husband for thirty years. The senator said her brother-in-law often made threats to kill his wife and children. “She would sit in her room and she heard him in another room cocking a gun over and over again,” Shealy said. “Finally, one Friday night in November of 1999, she had had enough after almost 30 years of living in torment.”
LISTEN TO SHEALY’S FULL SPEECH (5:02)