Domestic Violence: Victims have stories to tell | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 5, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: October 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Samoya Gray came to the podium on the front lawn of the Walterboro City Hall with a story to tell.
It was her story — a story of domestic violence and her path to surviving that pattern of abuse.
It was a story heard too often in South Carolina. A story that too often does not have a hopeful conclusion like Gray’s.
Theresa Lacey of Hopeful Horizon, also appearing at the Walterboro Police Department’s Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence program on the afternoon of Oct. 2, told the audience that South Carolina had the fifth highest number of domestic violence deaths in the country last year.
2016 marked the second year in a row that South Carolina was ranked fifth in the nation.
She also said that those years saw an improvement. The three previous years, South Carolina recorded two firsts and a second in the national statistics.
Lacey also told the audience that in the 18 years the national numbers have been released, South Carolina’s domestic violence rank has never been lower than seventh.
Dr. Gunther Rencken of Walterboro Family Practice was saluted for his work as a medical service provider for victims of domestic abuse.
Joining them in the program were:
n Walterboro Police Department Crime Victim/Witness Program Coordinator Officer Denise Pinckney who conducted the introduction and thank you remarks.
n Walterboro Police Chief Wade Marvin who provided the opening and closing remarks.
n Walterboro Mayor Bill Young, who served as the master of ceremonies for the event held as the local observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
n Bishop Anderson Williams, who conducted the opening prayer.
After the short program, Dr. Rencken led the group on a walk that followed the streets that encircle City Hall.