Lexington woman speaks out after near-fatal domestic violence ordeal
Woman was shot in back of head by former husband in 2011
LEXINGTON — It’s no secret that South Carolina has constantly ranked in the top two worst in cases of women killed by men and in the Top Ten Worst in the nation in the number of men murdered by female intimate partners ever since 2009 – including a state-record number of thirteen men killed by wives and girlfriends in 2013.
For 44-year-old Megan Harmon, of Lexington, this issue is very personal for her. She attends every domestic violence forum.
“He was drinking, I actually went to dinner with my daughter, then came home, went to bed and next thing I knew all hell broke loose. My husband shot me in the back of the head while I was sleeping, I then became a statistic in criminal domestic violence,” said Ms. Harmon, who was a victim in 2011.
Ms. Harmon had to have life saving surgery following the attack. Now she wants other abuse victims to know, they are not alone and help is out there.
“You just need to scream to the top of your lungs and demand help. If you run into a stop sign, run it! Keep going, keep pushing, keep asking for help, and bring awareness to your situation.”
Her husband was John Madden (not the football guru, mind you) and he is jailed for 14 years after he was convicted of attempted murder. While she’s happy that he’s behind bars, her struggle continues.
She says there are loopholes in the system that prevented her from getting the help she needed.
Although they would toughen the domestic violence laws, neither of the two bills currently under consideration would close the loophole.
Ms. Harmon will continue to be a voice for those who are in fear.
“So its really not over for me, its with me every second of the day and dealing with all these hole and gaps in the system just adds another brick on my shoulder, but I’m a survivor,” said Ms. Harmon.
Guys gang rape 14-year-old girl
SANFORD, N.C. — Four boys have been arrested for a gang rape.
The Lee County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office said that on the day of April 21, four juveniles gang raped a 14-year-old girl.
A 17-year-old, a 16-year-old, a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old – all boys – were arrested and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree sexual offense.
The two older boys are at the Lee County Jail in Sanford. The two younger boys are jailed at a juvenile facility.
Aiken Area Progressive will not identify the older boys unless the younger boys are identified by name.
SCMPOSVU investigating child rape
SAVANNAH — The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Office’s Special Victims Unit is investigating a Sunday rape.
The incident happened in the Cuyler-Brownsville neighborhood around 4:04 Sunday.
A 14-year-old girl reported she let her dog out into the yard near HOPKINS ST and WEST 44th STREET LN. She tailed her dog after it slipped from its leash.
An African-American male grabbed her from behind. She awakened on a porch with indications she had possible been sexually assaulted.
The suspect was described as standing between 5’7 to 5’8 tall with a thin build.
Both the SCMPOSVU and the Chatham County-Savannah Public School System campus police have been conducting extra patrols in the area and have been warning girls walking alone to avoid lanes and hidden areas. They are also being told to call 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious, this after several teenage girls have reported being accosted by a tall, slender black male who covered his face with a shirt.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at 912.234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
A Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at 912.525.3124 and most area clergy have agreed to serve as liaisons for anyone who would like to share information with police anonymously.