03.01.2013 Oconee Press Conference – Rep. Trey Gowdy

March 4, 2013

“Is this a season for us to lead?” – Rep. Trey Gowdy

On Friday, March 1, 2013, Safe Harbor officially launched our Capital Campaign to raise funds for our Oconee Shelter. U.S. House Representative Trey Gowdy (SC’s 4th District) spoke at this event, and his speech can be viewed above. We will be posting videos from this conference throughout this week.  To learn more about Safe Harbor’s Oconee Shelter Campaign, please visit https://safeharborsc.org/oconee-shelter-project.

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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