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Domestic Violence Prevention in South Carolina

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Sumer Merrimen, a student at the University Of South Carolina speaks out about ways the state could prevent domestic violence. Sumer Merrimen, a student at the University Of South Carolina speaks out about ways the state could prevent domestic violence.

By: Chelsea Parler

The Violence Policy Center ranks South Carolina seventh in the nation for domestic violence against women, resulting in death.

This is not the first time the state has been ranked as one of the most violent states in America for women.

Statistics from the Violence Policy Center found one in every six American women have been a victim of an attempted or completed assault, and more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.

These statistics, along with the recent alleged sexual assault this past weekend on Greene Street in Columbia, have raised concerns for students at the University of South Carolina.

Some students believe domestic violence prevention efforts should not solely fall on women.

"I definitely don't agree with the whole women should dress different," said USC student Somer Merriman.

Other students agree the reason men aren't taking steps towards prevention is because they are unaware of the issue.

"I think men definitely should step up, I think some how men don't really look at it as serious, because we don't fear going out like that," said Kevin Curry.

Specialists with the SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVSA) think prevention advertisements and self defense classes are effective at targeting women. They say that making men more aware of the issue is going to take some time.

"Primary prevention work is very slow going, because it isn't something that happens overnight," said policy and prevention specialist Rebecca Williams.

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