Gov. Haley Opens Up About Being a Victim of Childcare Abuse in SC

Posted on Sep 17, 2013

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley recently opened up about her difficult history of child abuse.

At the Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital, while discussing reforms for cases of child abuse, Gov. Haley revealed to the audience: “I am a victim of child abuse from a childcare provider when I was little. ”

Gov. Haley talked about the “red flags” surrounding her abuse. She explained that her mother noticed that she never wanted to go to daycare, but didn’t think twice of it. “Then, one day,” Gov. Haley continued, “I came home and I had a lot of bruises and a lot of issues. When [my mother] confronted the couple that was taking care of me, they packed up and they left. We never got to deal with it."

By opening up about her troubling past, Gov. Haley wants to help parents become more aware of the signs and symptoms of childcare abuse.

Most importantly, Gov. Haley wants others to know, “It doesn't matter your background, it doesn't matter your education, it doesn't matter the wealth of your family…(E)very child is subject to child abuse."

In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that child protection agencies received 3.3 million child abuse reports. Furthermore, one in five U.S. children is the victim of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.

It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of mistreatment. As a lawyer dedicated to helping victims of childcare abuse, I am here to answer your questions and help your family seek justice. Call me today at (803) 790-2800.

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Kenneth Berger
Columbia South Carolina attorney dedicated to securing justice by helping the truly injured