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Domestic Violence: Beyond the Headlines

Domestic Violence: Beyond the Headlines

The King Indeed

September 23rd, 2014

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Should the National Football League suspend or ban any player caught assaulting a wife or girlfriend? That seems to be the question since the video emerged of Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious in an elevator, even as reports surface that many more NFL players have domestic abuse records.

In my opinion, I do not believe it is the role or responsibility of the NFL or any other private agency to punish employee’s off duty behavior. The behavior is reprehensible but it is not the NFL’s place to sit judge and jury. We have district attorneys and judges to do that. If the offense is against societal norms then it is the responsibility of society as a whole to control it. Instead, we want to shove the responsibility onto a private entity rather then leaving it to the criminal justice system.

A woman shouldn’t have to be the wife of a sports player to have abuse addressed. The problem has nothing to do with a person’s income, race or occupation, these are just cases that make the news. Despite years of activism, work and commitment there are still too many women who get beaten up by the men that they love. This is a problem that is rapidly becoming widespread and almost accepted in our society. When will we stop giving excuses for this behavior? Wishing that the victims were given this much attention. Maybe if people realized that more women are killed by Domestic Violence than by many forms of cancer something would be done!
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But year round, ordinary women and children are victims of Domestic Violence, and they don’t make the news. Let them know they matter.

-The King Indeed-

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