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Report: SC No. 1 in rate of women murdered by men

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A new report from a Washington DC-based group says South Carolina is ranked the highest in the nation when it comes to women murdered by men.

The report, published Wednesday morning by the Violence Policy Center, ranks the state based on 2011 statistics that showed 61 women were killed by a man.

Their statistics found 57 percent of female victims were shot and killed by a gun.

The report goes further, indicating 93 percent of women knew the man that killed them and 63 percent of those women were "wives, common law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders."

In review, the report says the homicide rate among females murdered by males in South Carolina was 2.54 per 100,000 in 2011.

Colleen Campbell Bozard, interim executive director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, posted a statement on the group's website after the report was released.

"It is our hope that this report will be a call to action for the leadership of South Carolina and its citizens to recognize the seriousness of the problem in our state and begin to work collaboratively to find real solutions that improve the safety and lives of women in our state," said Bozard.

As for other states in the report, South Carolina is followed by Alaska, Oklahoma, Delaware, and Arizona.

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