Victims of Sexual Violence Speak Out - DatelineCarolina

Victims of Sexual Violence Speak Out

Rally goers gather near a display of decorated jeans that were strung up at the State House to honor sexual violence victims. Rally goers gather near a display of decorated jeans that were strung up at the State House to honor sexual violence victims.

By Jennifer Robinson

     Sexual violence survivors and supporters rallied at the South Carolina Statehouse in Wednesday. Experts and state legislators joined members of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse (SCCADVASA) to tell survivor's stories. 

     "As bad as the outside of me probably seems to you, the scars you can't see are so much worse," said Wanda Eady in an emotional account of her own rape.   

      Several survivors spoke of their experiences at the rally, and Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter presented a certificate from Governor Mark Sanford dedicating the month of April to sexual violence prevention and awareness. 

     Some survivors said they came to get the word out and speak up for those too afraid or even unable to speak up for themselves.

     "This is my passion, and we are honoring those survivors today and their strength and their courage," said rape survivor BeBe Westbrook.


 

 

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