Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: September, 2013

Grim achievement: South Carolina ranked tops in male-on-female murders in 2011

COLUMBIA — South Carolinians are back at the top in a category no state wants to be number one in.

The number of women murdered by men.

In 2011, South Carolina had the highest male-on-female homicide rate.  The state saw sixty-one women killed by men in murders and massacres, and a homicide rate of 2.54 per 100,000 women.

However, not all of the women who were murdered by a man had relationships.  The 61 women who were slain also includes men who killed women in other situations, such as drug deals gone bad.

Ninety-three percent of the women killed by men knew their killer.  Included in this percentage are women who knew the men due to the aforementioned drug deals, as well as robbery and burglary.

Five in every eight women killed were murdered by a man they had a relationship with.  That includes three women from Wagener, all of whom were killed by Kenneth Meyers.  All of the posts about the Wagener Massacre can be seen in link.

These grim numbers compiled by the Violence Prevention Center (below) caught the attention of the South Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Violence.

“It is our hope that this report will be a call to action for the leadership of South Carolina and its citizens to recognize the seriousness of the problem in our state and begin to work collaboratively to find real solutions that improve the safety and lives of women in our state,” said Colleen Campbell Bozard, the interim chair of the state’s anti-sexual violence organization.

And for those who think that more guns would have helped, think about this and let it sink in for a moment: eight of the ten states that had the highest rate of male-on-female murders in 2011, including S.C., has had very loose gun laws predating 2011 by at least seven years.

[WIS News 10]

Benedict College student dies during childbirth due to “pro-life” laws

Benedict College student dies from childbirth

COLUMBIA — This is a prime example of what “pro-life” laws do: a 19-year-old Benedict college student has died during childbirth.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said the student, who was approximately 32 weeks pregnant, had a natural childbirth. Her body was found Tuesday night in her dormitory room. No one else shared the room.

The child was not alive at birth and given South Carolina’s history of prosecuting women for delivering dead babies, the student did not call 911.

The delivery happened during the weekend.

I’ve been saying this forever, and I’ll say it again now: South Carolina’s anti-choice laws directly contributed to the death of this very young woman.

If this state’s abortion laws were more like Oregon’s abortion laws, then this Benedict College student would have been alive, earning the credits towards her degree.

[WIS News 10]

[WLTX News 19]

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