For South Carolina’s Nikki Haley, Rape and Violence Are Not Public Health Issues

Good news! Apparently violent acts, rape, and other potential bodily abuses are no longer hazardous to your health. At least, that seems to be the opinion of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who just vetoed funding for programs to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

Via Think Progress:

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.”

Think Progress notes that South Carolina’s rate of sexual violence has been higher than the national average for the last three decades. How much higher does it have to go for this governor to see it as a public health issue?

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  • coralsea

    Well, this is just odd.  Many public health issues affect only a minor percentage of the population.  Asthma is one of these, and so is diabetes, but I don’t think anyone believes that they aren’t serious issues that deserve government attention.  I cannot imagine how rape and other assaults on women or girls can be considered unworthy of government attention.  Especially considering they involve a crime!


    Are men or women who are beaten during robberies not deserving of attention, too?  Or is this just another one of those gestures designed to show women that it’s up to them to avoid being raped or, in cases of domestic violence, to make better decisions in regard to marriage?  Considering that many of the folks who are dismissive of crimes against women are also pushing them to marry young so they won’t have “the sex” before marriage, you would think they would realize that some of these marriages aren’t going to turn out well. (I know — they don’t realize such things).


    Although sexual violence and domestic violence aren’t “contagious” in the way that tuberculosis or the plague are contagious, they are certainly tied to bad outcomes to the children who witness them (or experience them — domestic violence bleeds over [forgive the dark, dark pun] into adult pathologies).


    What a sorry excuse for a woman.  She is pandering to the Republicans, and I hope she suffers the consequences in the polls.