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Challenge Center

New artwork will brighten the Challenge Center’s new building in North. Standing in front of an example of the art are, from left, Elvernia A. Richberg, a teacher; students Breanna Carter and Jestille Steverson and Stephanie Jones, administrative assistant. Sandy Sigmon, executive director of the center, said an opening date for the new facility has not been set but noted the current Challenge Center is busy with projects, including planning the Domestic Violence Workshop on Feb. 11.

NORTH — Melissa Davis, who spent many years in an abusive relationship, and Danielle Richardson, who says as a child, she witnessed her mother being killed during a domestic violence incident, will speak at a Domestic Violence Workshop at the Challenge Center in North at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

The Challenge Center is located at 4589 Savannah Highway.

Richardson wrote a book based on her experience titled “God Heard My Cries: The Deliverance.”

Sandy Sigmon, the founder and executive director of the Challenge Center, said, “Most of the women you see anywhere have been involved in some (form of) domestic violence.”

According to the Violence Policy Center website, in fact, “South Carolina has been No. 1 in the nation for females being murdered by men for the last 10 years.”

The Challenge Center staff discovered an organization that is sponsoring a questionnaire used by law enforcement in major cities for domestic violence calls and will offer the questionnaire to those who want to take it anonymously. It assesses the potential for the victim of domestic violence to be killed or seriously harmed by their abuser.

Sigmon said they are considering a letter writing campaign to request that lawmakers adopt the domestic violence questionnaire to use throughout South Carolina.

“We have adults who contact us who need safe houses,” she said. “They need self-esteem rebuilt.”

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The Challenge Center itself is not a safe house, but people have contacted it seeking one, she said.

Sigmon said the center had a situation a few years ago in which a student’s husband ran over her with a car, breaking her hip and leg. The student refused to turn her husband into law enforcement despite the severity of her injuries, she said.

She said women and men everywhere and in all socioeconomic groups can become victims of domestic violence.

To learn more about the upcoming Domestic Violence Workshop at the Challenge Center, call 803-247-3433.

Contact the writer: scifisatirist@hotmail.com.

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