Gov. Nikki Haley was in Greenville at the Greenville Health System's Children's Hospital on Monday, where she talked about the issue of child abuse.
The governor met with representatives of the hospital to discuss results of a recent statewide assessment on child sexual abuse cases. The report, conducted by Greenville-based nonprofit Silent Tears, closely examined abuse cases in seven South Carolina counties, including Greenville-Spartanburg.
As part of that report, Haley was presented with recommendations on how the state can better respond to cases of child sexual abuse.
During the event, Haley said she was a victim of child abuse as a child, which she disclosed in her 2012 book.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four women and one in six men are sexually abused before the age of 18, and unfortunately 73 percent of child victims do not tell anyone about the abuse for at least a year.
According to their website, Silent Tears is a nonprofit whose mission is to give a voice to child sexual abuse. The organization was launched earlier this year by Greenville residents and philanthropists Lisa and Bob Castellani.
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