October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Tuesday the 13th annual Silent Witness program was held at the south steps of the State House.
During the solemn ceremony State Attorney General Henry McMaster read the names of the 31 women and two men who lost their lives in domestic violence incidents last year. McMaster noted that the state ranked 9th in the nation of women killed by men in 2009 and 8th in 2008. McMaster says to stop this dreaded epidemic, every citizen has to help their neighbor, their friend, their co-worker by speaking out if they see the signs of domestic violence.
McMaster praised the lawyers throughout the state who have volunteered to serve as special prosecutors to see that the thousands of cases of domestic violence in South Carolina are prosecuted. McMaster says the proper tribute to those who have lost their lives to domestic violence is for every citizen to work to eradicate the problem and set the proper example for youngsters.
Speaking to those gathered at the ceremony McMaster said that in order to maintain proper focus on ridding our society of domestic violence, one sobering thought should be kept in our minds:
We’re here in October 2010. Many of use will be here again in October 2011. There are people alive today that will dead then at the hands of their loved ones unless we commit do do more about it.