COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A new study says the rate of men killing women in South Carolina is nearly double the national average. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Wednesday that the study by the Violence Policy Center says that women in South Carolina are more likely to be killed by a husband or boyfriend than by a stranger. South Carolina is ranked eighth in the nation for the number of women killed by men. Rebecca Williams-Agee with the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault called the annual report a wake up call. She says the state consistently finishes in the Top 10. The report also found that nearly all of the 46 women killed by men in 2007 in South Carolina knew their killers. Two-thirds of the victims were the killers' wives, ex-wives or girlfriends. ------ Information from: The Post and Courier,