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South Carolina and USC reach out to men to help combat domestic violence in the area

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True Strength program coordinator Corey Ingram says he hopes his program can make a change. True Strength program coordinator Corey Ingram says he hopes his program can make a change.
Domestic Violence Task Force meets to discuss plans to combat domestic violence in SC Domestic Violence Task Force meets to discuss plans to combat domestic violence in SC

By Taylor Rose

    A new group is joining the fight against domestic violence: men. More and more men are stepping up to spread awareness and to help end abuse within relationships. 

    Almost half of the attendees at Governor Nikki Haley's first meeting for the Domestic Violence Task Force were men. A new forum at USC holds open discussions to help male students feel more comfortable talking about domestic abuse.

    Corey Ingram is the program coordinator of the forum True Strength. He says the goal of the program is to join together.

    "We can exert change, not only domestic violence but interpersonal violence and sexual violence as a whole," Ingram says.

    Educating men has also spread to athletics. USC Track Team member Clayton Gravesande says meetings are held for incoming freshmen to teach them healthy relationship habits.

    Terrell Gunter works for to Sexual Abuse and Violence Intervention and Prevention. He says with the task force and programs like True Strength, he hopes to change the norms of how people handle this ongoing issue.

    "If people just change their mindset and domestic violence is an issue that we all feel and we can all be impacted, it will make it a whole lot better," says Gunter.

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