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Combat the Silence

Domestic violence and sexual assault have been a silent epidemic in South Carolina long enough. South Carolina now ranks #1 in the nation for women killed in domestic violence-related homicides, with Charleston County often leading the state.

Together, we can end domestic violence and sexual assault. And it starts with talking. It starts with honest discussions within your family and your community. Join us in pledging to tell three people that you will not stand for domestic violence!

Why Three?

Will it be easy? No. Will it be fun? Probably not. Then why should you commit to talking to three people about domestic violence?

Because lives are on the line.

Our community must be willing to talk about this issue before progress can be made. With our state being the highest in the nation for domestic violence-related homicides, discussions and change are more urgent than ever.

Just imagine. If 10 percent of the greater Charleston metro area talked to three people about domestic violence and why they are taking a stand against it, we would spread this message to more than 150,000 individuals!

Who should you talk to?

Did you know?

1 out of every 3 women around the world has been beaten, sexually assaulted or otherwise abused during her lifetime. (1) In South Carolina, more than a quarter of all murders in 2006 were domestic violence-related. (2)

Together, we can end domestic violence and sexual assault. Take the pledge.

(1) Silverman, Jay G., Anita Raj, and Karen Clements. “Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality.” Pediatrics, August 2004.
(2) South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. (2007). Aggravated Assaults and Homicides.

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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence Abuse Might Include:
  • Hitting, shoving, slapping, kicking, punching, or strangling you.
  • Threatening to hurt or kill you.
  • Criticizing you, calling you names or telling you that you are crazy.
  • Hurting your pets or destroying things special to you.
  • Blaming you for the abuse he or she commits.
  • Limiting where you can go, what you can do, and who you can talk to.
  • Unexpectedly checking up on you at your workplace, home, school, or elsewhere.
  • Forcing you to have sex against your will.
  • Apologizing and telling you it will never happen again (even though it already has).

Source: WebMD
Warning Signs

Does your spouse or significant other
exhibit the following behaviors?

  • Embarrass, belittle or put you down?
  • Say hurtful things to you?
  • Make all the decisions in the relationship?
  • Chastise you after social functions for talking with other people?
  • Act jealous of people you talk to?
  • Blame you for his or her mistakes?
  • Keep money, credit cards, and checking accounts away from you?
  • Control access to your medicines or medical devices?
  • Throw dishes or other objects?
  • Push, slap, kick, or otherwise assault you?

I'm Combating the silence

I believe that together, we can end domestic violence and sexual assault in our community. I understand that ending this silent epidemic starts with honest, loving discussions. I pledge to combat the silence by starting the conversation with three people today. I pledge to tell them that I'm taking a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault.

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