Last week, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) vetoed almost half a million dollars for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention.
According to the Charleston City Paper, Gov. Haley defended her veto, saying that rape and sexual assault prevention programs “distract from” the Department of Health’s mission and sexual assault victims are “only a small portion” of South Carolinians who need help.
Gov. Haley did not mention that South Carolina ranks seventh in the U.S. for the number of women killed by men, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and has a rate of sexual violence higher than the national average.
The Charleston City Paper reports:
Haley explained these vetoes in the Department of Health and Environmental Control budget by writing, “Each of these lines attempts to serve a portion of our population for which we extend our sympathy and encouragement, but nevertheless, it is only a small portion of South Carolina’s chronically ill or abused. Overall, these special add-on lines distract from the agency’s broader mission of protecting South Carolina’s public health.”