South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) revealed that she was physically abused by a child-care provider when she was young while speaking Monday to raise awareness about efforts to combat child abuse, according to The State.
"It doesn’t matter your background, it doesn’t matter your education, it doesn’t matter the wealth of your family,” Haley said in a press conference in Greenville, S.C., as quoted by The State. “Every child is subject to child abuse.”
Haley said that since her mother had a full-time job while she was growing up she was left in the care of a couple living in a trailer nearby each morning, according to The State. When her mother saw Haley come home with bruises and sensed something was wrong, her mother confronted the couple, who quickly vacated the trailer.
Haley stressed the need for all parts of the community to get involved in the child-protection system so that families can access the help they need.
"When it happened to me, my parents didn’t know what to do,” Haley said, as quoted by The State. “They didn’t know who to go to. No one knew how to handle it.”