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USC Students use an Empty Table to Demonstrate of Domestic Violence Effects our Lives

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USC Professor Jennifer Wilson, who died in 2011, had a space at the table USC Professor Jennifer Wilson, who died in 2011, had a space at the table
Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention and Prevention talks about the lives effected by these deaths Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention and Prevention talks about the lives effected by these deaths

By: Larkin Belton

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    In the past decade, more than three times as many South Carolina women have died in domestic violence than the number of Palmetto State soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined, according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

    South Carolina currently ranks number two in the nation for women killed by men.

    USC students gathered on Green Street yesterday to graphically show the devastating results of how domestic violence effects our lives.

    The Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention and Prevention group set up a dinner table empty with places set for domestic violence victims used to show that violence not only harms them, but it hurts everyone involved.

And the program had a message for those suffering.

    "There are people who could be going through the same situation they've been a part of, except, unfortunately they are not with us anymore, but the people that are still going though it maybe still have a chance to kind of get the information they need or take the steps to get out of that violent situation," said USC student Sheriden Patterson.

Students read the stories of those who died as a result of domestic violence and saw that it undeniably leaves an empty place at the table, and in life.

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