ATLANTA, GA (NBC) - South Carolina ranks at the top in the nation per capita for the number of women killed by men. Now a Southern-Christian woman who says she's a victim of domestic violence wants to talk to other women who've faced the same hurt and heartache.
Evangelist Juanita Bynum's husband was recently arrested and accused of attacking her. For the first time since the incident happened she's talking about it.
Evangelist Bynum made an appearance Tuesday night in Georgia. First to reporters in Buckhead, then to a national television audience, Bynam promised to be the "new face of domestic violence."
"Today, domestic violence has a face and it is Juanita Bynum."
Standing before cameras, Juanita Bynum declared she's not a damsel in distress, and wanted to say for the record. "I forgive my husband and I wish him the best."
Bishop Thomas Weeks is charged with felony aggravated assault, terroristic threats and simple battery against his wife.
Both are co-founders of Global Destiny Church, and were separated. The couple got into a physical altercation last month after an argument outside an airport hotel, and she addressed the incident. "Relationships are what they are. This was a crisis."
Bynum wouldn't say how often or how long the abuse had taken place in the relationship. She says there is a more important social issue at hand. And her message to her parishioners, and other women, is that "this too shall pass. It is purposeful."
Bynum says she hasn't seen too many celebrities or high profile people speaking out against domestic violence. That's one of the reasons she came forward.
Posted by Chantelle Janelle