S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster called on people Monday to protect their neighbors from domestic violence during the state's memorial for those who died at the hands of abusers.
“This is a secret we don't keep anymore,” McMaster said at a State House ceremony. “If someone is hurting you, you've got to tell somebody. There are organizations, but there are also neighbors; there're friends. And all of us must be good neighbors and help our neighbors.”
The annual ceremony Monday in Columbia recognized the 28 women and four men who died because of domestic violence in 2007.
Wailing police sirens gave way to a parade of red and blue wooden cutouts representing the victims as McMaster read their names and descriptions of the violence that killed them. A purple silhouette represented unknown victims.
“For every person that we are memorializing today, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, that are suffering at the hands of abusers,” McMaster said. “This is only a small part of the misery we are experiencing this state.”
McMaster said after the ceremony that neighbors are the eyes and ears of law enforcement, seeing and hearing things that police can't.