I know, you’re all probably sick of hearing about how horrible my governor is. In defense of my homestate, we didn’t *all* vote for her and her approval rating is not great, though depressingly high all things considered.
I wrote about the Arts Commission and many of you wrote on my behalf, for which I am immensely grateful. This other issue, the one of defunding rape crisis centers is less personal to me, but even crueler to people of South Carolina. Of course, Nikki Haley is the same woman who said, “Women don’t care about contraception”, so perhaps it is unreasonable to be surprised that she is saying that helping victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse is a distraction from *real* health issues.
The good news is that we’re only seventh in the country for women being killed by men! There are states worse than us!
The SCCADVASA has a statement that’s worth reading, which includes the following info:
The $453,956 that the Governor vetoed will result in a 37% decrease in funding for rape crisis centers. In FY 11-12, the total amount distributed to rape crisis centers was $648,114, which included both recurring and non-recurring funds. If the veto stands, the total amount available for programs serving the entire state will be only he recurring $403,956.
They also have a letter from a survivor, one that I cannot read without crying:
The man has yet to be caught, but when he is caught, I KNOW I can call the rape crisis center and they will be with me as I identify him. They will be with me as they prosecute him. That gives me COMFORT. Comfort KNOWING that these individuals witness the pain of women EVERYDAY who are raped. The comfort that they are out there HELPING individuals gain back SOME of their normal life. They help women become survivor, not victims as best they can.
I did NOT choose to be raped that night. I was ASLEEP in MY HOME, yet you are cutting a budget for people that did NOTHING WRONG!!!!! They did NOT choose this pain, they were forced upon with this pain. HOW CAN YOU TAKE WHAT HELP, COMFORT, SUPPORT they have????? How can you take that away from them, from me, for a mother and father’s daughter?????
Here are the contact links again if you want to tell the legislature to override:
All the Senators: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/email.php?T=M&C=SMEMBERS
All the House Members: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/email.php?T=M&C=HMEMBERS
The good news is that Nikki Haley is making lots of people hate her. Ms. covered the story and we’ve gotten delightful articles, including one that names her TART of the year — TART being the “Taxes Are Rape Too” group. Many of the people who have contacted the legislature have gotten positive responses, so there is hope.