Katrina Shealy Renews CDV Reform Push

NEW VIDEO COMES AS LEGISLATIVE TENSIONS RISE …  || By FITSNEWS || As the S.C. House of Representatives belatedly takes up the issue of criminal domestic violence (CDV) reform, the issue’s leading proponent in the State Senate is stepping up her advocacy. Katrina Shealy – who blistered House members over the…


|| By FITSNEWS || As the S.C. House of Representatives belatedly takes up the issue of criminal domestic violence (CDV) reform, the issue’s leading proponent in the State Senate is stepping up her advocacy.

Katrina Shealy – who blistered House members over the weekend on the issue – stars in a new one-minute video released by victims’ advocates.

The spot highlights an emotional floor speech delivered by Shealy last month as CDV reform made its way through the State Senate.  In the speech, Shealy talked about her sister’s struggles as a victim of domestic abuse.

“She had all the signs,” Shealy said.  “She had bruises – and she had fear in her eyes.  But she covered up for him – out of fear for herself and her family.”

Shealy’s personal story – which ended with her brother-in-law taking his own life – has been touched upon by several mainstream media outlets, but its capture and release in this video comes at a pivotal moment in the debate.

First, here’s the spot …

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(Vid: Via)

Nice …

As this website exclusively reported over the weekend, tensions between Senators and House members over the domestic violence issue reached a boiling point over the weekend.

For her part, Shealy unhappy certain House members have tried to weaken the legislation that passed the Senate last month – while House members are irritated at what they believe to be political calculus driving the legislation.

S.C. governor Nikki Haley?  She’s been mercilessly blasted for her general “advocacy” on this issue (the hypocrisy of which has seeped into presidential politics).

Our view?

We haven’t been particularly impressed with any of this year’s CDV proposals … which we recently referred to as “legislating for the sake of legislating.”  As we’ve said before, if lawmakers were serious about cracking down on violence against women, then they might consider better addressing cases like THIS … or THIS.

Or expanding THIS in the event CDV takes the form of premeditated murder …


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GrandTango March 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm

She’s got a FB post preaching against Bullying too.

Shealy got elected by Conservatives. Conservatives don’t use pop culture memes to draw attention – and pats on the back – to themselves…

Shealy might better work on a PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY Bill….

The left has taught women to whore themselves out, as if it empowers them…and when the men and women using them up…beat them….they run to the government…after we told them chasing trash is ill-advised and irresponsible…regardless what Alec Baldwin and Hillary Clinton tell you…

You Know My Name March 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

For once, we agree! These (mostly) stupid women think it will be so cool to get a “bad boy”. When the inevitable happens and they can’t control him, they expect the cops, the courts, and the Legislature to control him for them. Bad decisions have consequences.

GrandTango March 24, 2015 at 6:08 pm

DV is a HORRIFIC crime. And I say it must be prosecuted. But grandstanding by politicians, does no good.

Buz Martin March 24, 2015 at 6:12 pm

How about grandstanding by asshole trolls on political site comment threads? What does that help?

GrandTango March 24, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Then why don’t you stop doing it? LMAO…

Buz Martin March 24, 2015 at 8:34 pm

You ARE channeling PeeWee Herman, aren’t you?

GrandTango March 25, 2015 at 6:06 am

Know…I NEVER need to channel anyone.

Mom March 24, 2015 at 7:47 pm


Buz Martin March 24, 2015 at 8:33 pm

You confuse an unfortunate symptom of a societal disorder with something punishable by physical abuse, sexual assault and/or death, in that you deny them any right to being helped out of a horrible situation why law, in this nation of laws.

Mighty harsh judgement there, Mister God.

You Know My Name March 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Buz, at one time you made lgogical, sensible comments more often than not. Here lately, you are so full of fucking shit!

I am not denying “victims” a damn thing. If they want help, it is far more often than not, offered and there for the taking from many quarters. The (numerous) women who just want to piss and moan and whine about what a POS/SOB he is, basking in the attention and sympathy heaped upon them, but who bend Heaven and Earth to sabatoge the cases the cops try to make for their benefit can go pound sand where I’m concerned. Their piss poor choices and decisions to not warrant increasing circumstances where someone can be deprived of property and means of self defense based on heresay without due process.

Those of you who advocate taking away someone’s property without due process should put the shoe on the other foot and push for a law allowing the police to involuntarily confine a “victim” who claims to be in fear and danger, but who tries to sabatoge attempts to help them, until a judge determines that they are no longer in danger from their”abuser” or themselves.they are no longer in danger from their “abuser” or themselves.

Buz Martin March 24, 2015 at 10:40 pm

Uh oh. Somebody’s got personal issues.

Not my problem, dude.

Ed March 25, 2015 at 8:16 am

You Know My Name sounds like he has a lot of experience with and sympathy for abusers. Nice.

Domestic Abuse March 25, 2015 at 8:32 am

I will say women can be abusers too, and there are psychotic women who will even beat themselves up and blame the guy for their cuts and bruises, but the best defense against that isn’t a gun, it’s a god damned camera.

You Know My Name March 26, 2015 at 4:28 am

And Ed sounds as though he has no grasp of how these feel-good laws can destroy a person’s life, even if they never harmed a hair on the alleged victim’s head.

Mom March 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm

well said.

Buz Martin March 24, 2015 at 6:08 pm

CDV and bullying are not “pop culture memes”, fool. They are very real. And I don’t give two shits for Alec Baldwin or Hillary Clinton.

GrandTango March 24, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Prosecute the offenders IDIOT. We have laws for that…but trying to score political points on the corpses of these battered women is EXACTLY what I’d expect from someone like you…

Especially since you have such a reputation for showing such disrespect for women…

Buz Martin March 24, 2015 at 8:27 pm

In your mind, Lawrence., Only in your mind.

FastEddy23 March 24, 2015 at 7:42 pm

Yes, you are correct, of course. But there are “enablers” out there.

Buz Martin March 24, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Hey, got bead on who the artist is that did the caricature you used for the avatar on your fake “Emily Peterkin” Facebook account. Interesting. Don’t know why I didn’t see that before. Of course it’s by him. Who you nicked it from, though, is not yet clear.

GrandTango March 24, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Maybe if you spent more time studying liberal policy, and its history of failure..instead of Kook-Job conspiracy Bull-S#!t…you may be taken more seriously…

Buz Martin March 24, 2015 at 8:30 pm

The only kook-job conspirator in the attempted appropriation of Emily Peterkin’s FB identity is YOU, GT. As for liberal policy and how much of it has failed, indeed, I have studied that subject. May even know it better than you. Which is why I’m not a blind accolite of the left — as you are of some weird combination of all the worst aspects of the right.

FastEddy23 March 24, 2015 at 7:35 pm

I find it difficult to give GT more than a glance … This time, this issue, a thumbs up.

And another thing. Why doesn’t NOW have firearms instruction classes for battered wives?

sparklecity March 24, 2015 at 5:40 pm

CDV legislation (in its present version) won’t go anywhere if upstate groups like the Spartanburg Tea Party (headed by Ms. Karen Martin and her lapdog Senators Shane Martin,Roger Corbin and Lee Bright) have a say in it.

Buz Martin March 24, 2015 at 8:36 pm

All of whom, it should be noted, are basically political operatives of the state’s status-quo GOP leaders. Not really reflective of whatever is left of the good side of the tea party movement.

sparklecity March 24, 2015 at 11:01 pm

Around here I can’t say I’ve seen a good side of the Tea Party!!

But I don’t doubt your inside knowledge whatsoever

You Know My Name March 24, 2015 at 6:01 pm

Can Katrina in 2016!

Yuppy Twisted Legislatures March 24, 2015 at 6:24 pm

These fools are delusional misfits of society. You DO NOT need a gun to kill someone!! Sheeeshus. I have seen some dumb mother fuckers in my life, but these born with a silver spoon and college educated jackasses take the cake!!! They are so clueless as to what REAL life is all about.

The Great Googily Moogily March 25, 2015 at 9:05 am

“You DO NOT need a gun to kill someone!!”

I wish people would figure this out. Its way easier to get caught using a gun, too many places to leave fingerprints, GSR, balistics. meanwhile everyday household chemicals can make it look like someone had a heart attack and nobody would even question it

AT March 24, 2015 at 6:44 pm

That is a heartbreaking story. I’m glad that Katrina’s sister is safe.

If he decided to get out of the truck and go into DHEC and kill her sister, how could any legislation have stopped him?

The debate about a firearm prohibition upon conviction is pointless. Federal law already prohibits firearm possession by those with domestic violence convictions.

GrandTango March 24, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Good point:

And why not pass a law against women making stupid choices in picking men…???

If the man charmed the woman he is beating into a relationship…What in the H#!! can the government do to get between them???

Mom March 24, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Katrina’s family story is just that, a family matter. As a mom, I would tell my daughters, if a man raises a hand to you, LEAVE. As a mom, I would tell my son, I will back you up until the day I die, unless you hit a woman.

FastEddy23 March 24, 2015 at 7:46 pm

That is what my Mom and Dad taught me at a very early age. My Dad was specific: “You will never get a girl friend if you hit one of her friends.”


shifty henry March 24, 2015 at 11:03 pm

“hit one of her friends”
edit: also, ‘hit on one of her friends’ — more likely to happen

You Know My Name March 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Excellent advice to both children!!!! Unfortunately, this level of common sense will likely leave Martin, Hembree, and Shealy, in a state of total bewilderment.

mamatiger92 March 25, 2015 at 9:09 am

If only it were that easy.

Guest March 24, 2015 at 8:47 pm

What happened to her sister was NOT criminal domestic violence. It was the result of being in a relationship with someone who was mentally ill with violent outbursts. Running mentally ill men and women through criminal courts is not the solution. In fact taking someone who is seriously mentally ill and adding to them the additional stress of criminal court can cause additional stress on the family and make these situations worse. The focus should be on ensuring that comprehensive mental health services are available in South Carolina to try to get these people some help.

Captain Renault March 24, 2015 at 9:16 pm

What? No reference to knocking around a fiance’? I am shocked, shocked!

Katrina Shealy March 24, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Until you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes you do not get to comment. It is Domestic Violence when your family is threatened if you leave. You say – just leave, well it isn’t that easy if you are told you or your children will be killed if you do. Those of you who say he was mentally ill, yes, he was, very, but how do you deal with that? And yes, it was a “family matter”. A family matter that hits so many families, if you are fortunate, you have not been one but don’t joke about those who have walked there – it is not a fun place to be. For the person who want to can me in 2016 – knock yourself out – it’s a tough job, lots Of responsibility, with a lot of sleepless nights if you do it right! For those in Spartanburg who think they have all the answers, I wish you would share them. It’s been a long day and reading this is something I shouldn’t do and don’t usually do. But you don’t screw with my family – I don’t care what Will writes about me but when you bring my family (my sister) in,it it is personal. This was Domestic Violence and she and her family have suffered years because of it.

You Opened That Can Of Worms March 25, 2015 at 12:00 am

You are the one who chose to bring your sister into the conversation. Don’t get huffy if some of us choose to share our comments and opinions. If you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen.

euwe max March 25, 2015 at 12:21 am

Until you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes you do not get to comment.

what a novel perspective. Good luck with that.

Walking a Mile in Your Shoes March 25, 2015 at 8:28 am

I have big feet so don’t hate me if I stretch them out!

Jake With A Skirt March 25, 2015 at 9:11 am

Sleepless nights come from networking with and supporting so many other corrupt politicians, like Queen Jean. Your predecessor Jake had lots of those. Don’t pretend you’re doing us the voters any favors as you shore up your power base and your bank accounts. You are quickly becoming that which you were brought in to oust and replace. If you are losing sleep, please get out now, with your reputation and record somewhat intact, something Jim Metts should have done when he had the chance.

Paul Gurley March 25, 2015 at 9:22 am

Unfortunately for you, you do not get to determine who can and can not comment or what they say.

You Know My Name March 25, 2015 at 9:48 am

But like most aspiring little dictators, she reallyvwishes that she did.

Daniel Boome March 25, 2015 at 10:17 am

The story is touching and certainly pulls at the heartstrings, but fails to explain how any of it would have been stopped with any type of legislation. That’s the whole point.

You Know My Name March 25, 2015 at 10:49 am

You aren’t supposed to catch that part, Daniel. You are just supposed to blow snot in your hanky and nod in agreement that we need this law today to save lives.

Thank you though, for having better sense than that!

Mom March 25, 2015 at 10:56 am

Rep. Shealy, I have the upmost respect and appreciation for you. If you were in my district, I would vote for you. No I have not walked a mile in your shoe’s, however, you are proposing legislation that will affect ALL of us, not just your family. So, therefore I DO get to comment. I am in favor of enforcing the laws we have. I would even be in favor of appropriating funds to organizations like SisterCare. My problem with the CDV legislation is that is can be abused by scorned women, dumped girlfriends and regretful sex partners. For example, a crazy ex-girlfriend could file a restraining order against a young man who has never threatened violence toward her or anyone. This happened in my own family. Fortunately we were able to get her to withdraw the restraining order and we never had to go to court. Now you see how crazy ex-girlfriends can potentially wreck a nice young man’s life.

You Know My Name March 25, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Mom, that happens far more often than these twits realize or could even imagine. When it is one of them, their son, grandson, or best friend who gets snared in that trap, I wonder if it will matter to them, then.

Mom March 25, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Yes. And to expound a little more the ex-girlfriend had a history of psychiatric problems and delusions. You would never know it by looking at her- she was cute and looked normal. I know CDV is a terrible situation for some women. But some of the proposed legislation can be misused in horrible ways that could ruin innocent men’s lives. “Innocent until proven guilty” errs on the side that more guilty people will go free than innocent people being convicted.

You Know My Name March 25, 2015 at 9:03 pm

Several on here would be looking at the book’s cover, not it’s worm-eaten interior, and basing everything on the cover. “She’s purty.” I love an attractive woman but I learned long ago that stupid and/or psychotic kills all kind of pretty.

Mary Quite Contrary March 25, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Everyone is a product of their own experience, only the brave look outside.

Mary Quite Contrary March 25, 2015 at 7:01 pm

Senator Shealy, It isn’t that easy, I agree. I also believe that being too close to an issue sometimes clouds judgment. Anyone serious about changing CDV, should look at SC divorce laws. Legal Separation and/or reducing the time period that a married couple are required to be separated to get a divorce (maybe 6 months?). Maybe a No Fault divorce law?

Mary Quite Contrary March 25, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Senator Shealy, one last plea: I believe you when you say he was mentally ill, a lot of sleepless nights. I have been there. I don’t live in Spartanburg and I don’t have the answers. You are right they can’t just leave, the law does not give them that RIGHT unless they face an AT FAULT divorce or ABANDONMENT, which means they will likely lose the children.

Please consider a No Fault divorce or a lesser “sentence” so that women (or men) do not have to stay in a hostile environment that leads to destroying a person, an entire family and result in death.

I implore you to consider about it.

Jake With A Skirt March 27, 2015 at 6:34 pm

I believe expediting and simplifying the divorce procedure would be quite helpful.

Pineapple Twist March 27, 2015 at 7:07 pm

I am not sure if you comment is laced with sarcasm, but I do believe in the case of CDV that would help.

Jake With A Skirt March 27, 2015 at 10:36 pm

No sarcasm at all, ma’am. Your point is valid and well taken!

Jake With A Skirt March 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm

I obviously was on target with my theory as to why she loses so much sleep. Crooked politics will do that to you and Katrina looks to have been a quick study in the ways of crooked politicians and politics. Did she hire Jake as her personal trainer?

Anyhow, she is conspicuous by her absence in the form of a reply. Katrina, what does Jimmy wish he had done years ago but didn’t do because his ego wouldn’t allow him to let go of the trappings of lust for power and greed?

Pineapple Twist March 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm

I like Katrina and I am glad she did come out here and post. We don’t agree in many respects, but she is no Jake in a skirt.

You do know the GOP detests this site and discourage any Republican from commenting or posting information from this site.

The fact she did comment says she isn’t exactly an establishment type.

Jake With A Skirt March 27, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Hi Pinapple Twist. In the beginning, Katrina did not appear to be in line with establishment (crooked) Republican politics. I voted for her in her first run against Jake, in her second (successful) run against him, and (regrettably) in her last run in 2014. She has, as I noted, quickly fallen in lockstep with establishment behavior on many levels; whether voting for Queen Jean Toal to have more years of power in SCSC, supporting a Lexington Ring connected candidate for Sheriff, or chipping away at gun rights by increasing the number of categories of citizens who will no longer have the right to possess firearms. She is on a downward spiral, same as Jake was after his brief stint as a pro 2A Senator, which he soon flipped sides on.

I hope the voters are not as slow in spotting her descent into mediocrity or worse and voting to replace her at the earliest opportunity. Katrina has lost my respect and my votes.

Pineapple Twist March 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Toal did not side with Harrell, maybe Katrina helped? I don’t agree with her in all areas, and am not able to vote for her, but did support her candidacy in 2014.

I like her vision as a person. I think she is FAR better than Jake, but Lexington is ripe for crime and it’s an uphill battle for any legislator who serves there. She is a voice for her constituents, and I don’t admire her job.

I never agreed with her so much on social issues, but she was/is better than Jake.

I’m not sure what kind of breeding ground exists in Lexington, thank goodness I passed on buying a house there.

Lexington Ring? Wasn’t Knotts a part of that?

Jake With A Skirt March 27, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Yes he was/(is)! One of the many sad things about LexCo politics is that instead of opposing the machine that kept your worthless opponent in power for too long, newcomer replacements seem to depend on that machine or ring to keep them re-elected. Signs of that are popping up with regard to Katrina. The only way for the voters to keep the machine or ring off-balance is to vote out the newcomer as soon as they begin to “turn”. Unfortunately, LexCo voters are very slow to see the signs unless it involves indictments or forced removal from office and even then, they may not get it. Look how many fools voted for Jake and Jimmy after the story of the Danny Frazier tapes broke.

Guest March 25, 2015 at 12:20 am

Until you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes you do not get to comment.

Well, that’s a new twist.

Ed March 25, 2015 at 8:14 am

Until you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes you do not get to comment.

This would never work as a Republican mantra. Republicans, and Republican men especially, are really, really good about legislating over things they have zero experience with.

The Great Googily Moogily March 25, 2015 at 9:01 am

Ill support any CDV bill that is gender neutral, according to the CDC men are more likely to be the victim of CDV than women, however women receive 99% of the protection under the law. The law needs to recognize this and shouldnt discriminate against men.

Diane March 25, 2015 at 9:12 am

I wish Katrina luck. We don’t need any more monsters out there like Curtis Loftis who was arrested for assaulting his exwife. South Carolina has a serious CDV problem and we don’t need elected officials adding to it.

Marg March 25, 2015 at 1:09 pm

the investment commission staff should get to work and quit posting crap on the blogs. Lies are lies are lies.

If you staff had real jobs you would not have time to blog!

Bill March 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm

The Investment Commission staff can’t be trusted. All they do is blog against Loftis.
People that can’t be trusted to work or tell the truth should not be trusted to handle other people’s money.

Marg=Curt March 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Tough to call something a lie when Richland County court papers say otherwise.

hal March 25, 2015 at 5:28 pm

You are a fat cunt. Your man would beat you, but you can’t get one.
Did I mention you are a fat ugly cunt

Mary Quite Contrary March 25, 2015 at 6:54 pm

Where is the proof? Link?

Mary Quite Contrary March 25, 2015 at 7:36 pm

No freaking way am I going to download something to my computer from this site! I have enough trouble keeping people from trying to break into my computer due to comments.

Post it on a public facebook page or somewhere public, that I/we can all access without risk.

Marg=Curt March 25, 2015 at 8:25 pm

You must be quite the computer whiz! There’s no downloading on this website. You can copy paste it or click on it. Not sure what can be done about tubby fingers though, Curt.

Mary Quite Contrary March 25, 2015 at 8:31 pm

I have tried both – when you try to copy or click the link, it wants to download.

Tubby fingers, perhaps. A fool? Not.

I will also add, when I do paste it, link not found, unable to open in another window, the only option I receive is download. Which I will not.

jeb March 26, 2015 at 6:56 am

Why is it that the lazy fat state employees, when fired for poor performance, take to the internet and slam everyone ! they are a mean bunch!

Wayne March 26, 2015 at 6:54 am

Anything is possible on line. Take the South Carolina Retiree Asso. They have 200 members and cam to speak for hundreds of thousands of retirees. The leadership is paid by political interest to be a left wing group. Sam Griswold may have made a fortune off of this crime against the public.
Sam Griswold ought to be ashamed.

seth March 26, 2015 at 6:55 am

Is it true they are paid by Bob?

Jake March 26, 2015 at 6:51 am

Ask Dani Brennan to post it in his Grinder page. If you need a screen shot, I have it. I can send to Concerned Veterans of America if they need a copy to post on their web sight.

Jake March 26, 2015 at 7:17 am

And post Daniel’s grinder page too. Let me know if you need it. In fact, I have a few more things that ought to be published…make sure it is an open sight!

William March 26, 2015 at 6:50 am

Did you know that certain investment commission staff will make more than million dollars a year? Did you know they will have no oversight from state government? Kevin Bryant want to take the pensions private…we must stop this foolishness!

Nan March 26, 2015 at 6:48 am

The proof is the Investment Commission report. Over 1 billion has been lost from the fund in the last 6 months and someone must make up the difference…and that is you!
We can wait years to address they problem! Stop this waste. Demand accountability of the Commission!

Mkl March 26, 2015 at 7:09 am

This is the link Faye and Sam are in. It tells the real story

Nan March 26, 2015 at 7:07 am
Mary Quite Contrary March 26, 2015 at 11:13 am

That is too funny!

Cam March 26, 2015 at 7:10 am

Haw can the investment Commission lose -1% in the first 6 months of the year? My IRA made 8%

We need to fire those people and index our retirement money!

Converse March 27, 2015 at 6:43 am

It is easy to lose 5.5 billion dollars when you get a $175,000 bonus for doing it! I signed off on it, so I should no.

Tiger March 26, 2015 at 6:45 am

The investment Commission has lost over a billion dollar in value. The public service employees and the taxpayers will have to pay more money. It is a disgrace.!

Scott March 26, 2015 at 7:02 am

There was a fellow from New Hampshire that took a political job in SC, but a gay relationship forced him out after one term. Perhaps in todays word he might could get a job again, Back then, man on man sex was not tolerated.

Greg March 26, 2015 at 7:05 am

He tried to get s job at the Investment Commission, but Danny Varat, Kevin Bryant’s long time roommate and intimate friend, got the $112,000 job. I can’t say Kevin intervened for his close personal friend as I just don’t know.

Faye March 26, 2015 at 6:59 am

Ask Amy about fucking around on her husband for tow years. Did that harm him in any way? It crushed him. And her work performance went to awful.
CDV often involves adultery and the lies and dishonest behavior that goes along with it. It is a sad thing.

jimmy March 26, 2015 at 7:15 am

I have learned how to make $75.00 per hours! Managing political front groups that work for politicians. Create a group and take up a cause! Make a fortune!
Call Sam a 803-rip-meoff!

Southern Patriot March 25, 2015 at 9:01 pm Reply
Pete March 26, 2015 at 7:12 am

CDV is a real problem when drinking is involved. Griswold used to be a real drunk and he can tell us the way to sobriety, well, most of the way.


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