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Statehouse to host 18th annual Silent Witness Domestic Violence ceremony

Victims of domestic violence in South Carolina are represented with silhouettes during the annual Silent Witness program at the Statehouse
Victims of domestic violence in South Carolina are represented with silhouettes during the annual Silent Witness program at the Statehouse tglantz@thestate.com

The 18th annual Silent Witness Domestic Violence ceremony will be held on the Statehouse grounds on Oct. 6 in order to remember the state’s domestic violence victims.

Attorney Gen. Alan Wilson said the ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on the south steps of the Statehouse. During the ceremony, Wilson will call the name of each victim from the previous year as family, friends and volunteers carry life-sized silhouettes representing the victims. An additional silhouette will be held in order to remember all of the unknown victims.

The event will be open to the public, Wilson said.

South Carolina was ranked the worst state in the nation for deadly violence against women, according to a report released Tuesday by the Violence Policy Center.

Ranking first among states for women murdered by men, South Carolina had a rate of 2.32 women killed per 100,000 people in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. The state’s rate is more than twice the national average and represents 57 known deaths, compared with 50 a year earlier, the study reported.

South Carolina ranked second deadliest state last year and has been in the report’s top 10 annually for the past 18 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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