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Rice video could advance national discussion of domestic violence

Posted September 9, 2014

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— A three-day statewide training conference on domestic violence begins Wednesday in Greensboro, and an advocacy group says some good may come out of the NFL's suspension of running back Ray Rice for knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator.

For many, the security video that went viral on Monday, leading to Rice losing his job with the Baltimore Ravens, is probably their first real look at domestic violence, according to Dana Mangum, executive director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

"What was behind those elevator doors a lot of times is what's behind closed doors," Mangum said Tuesday. "It's one of those messy subjects, one of those messy social issues that we have that a lot of people don't even want to admit to."

Janay Rice, who has since married Rice, posted a statement on Instagram Tuesday defending him.

"To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing," the statement said. "To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his (expletive) off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific."

As shocking as the video is, Mangum said she believes some good can come from it.

"That's how it happens, and that's how it looks," she said. "I would say it's probably better to get the social discussion going, to get this public. I'm sure it's embarrassing for her. It has to be."

One in four women are beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood, she said. So far this year, there have been about 48 domestic violence homicides in North Carolina.

"That's why I think seeing this is important and will push the envelope a bit," she said.

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  • research9 Sep 10, 2014

    This is not an issue for national discussion. This is an issue between Ray Rice and his wife. Everyone else's opinion is 100% IRRELEVANT. If she wants to stay with him, that is her choice and my opinion on that does not matter one bit. Do I condone his actions? No way. Would I stay with him? No way. But why in the world does my opinion or the publics opinion affect the lives of that couple? She has not pressed charges, she has not left him, her opinion should be the only one that matters.

  • Clif Bardwell Sep 10, 2014
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    So, you are ok with women attacking men because they don't hit as hard.

    Got it.

  • Viewer Sep 10, 2014

    "Are we, as men, supposed to simply take whatever abuse a woman dishes out simply because she's a woman?

    Clif, As one man to another, did you not notice the disparity of force in the video?

    Would the same rule apply in your mind if the female were replaced by a small child?

  • Erica Konopka Sep 10, 2014
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    She didn't punch him in the face and knock him out. There's a big difference between swatting/pushing/whacking and balling up your fist and sucker punching someone to the point of a K.O.

    Why couldn't he have just pushed her back and walked away? Why'd he feel the need to resort to punching her in the face?

    Not that I care either way. She married him after this incident. She deserves what she gets.

  • ncprr1 Sep 10, 2014

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    I agree, the broader question is, why are women not held accountable for their own actions, as men are? She was the aggressor, and not a very smart one at that, attacking someone much bigger and stronger than herself.

  • euimport1 Sep 10, 2014

    she threw the first punch. forget them both. he's fired, move on.

  • Clif Bardwell Sep 10, 2014
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    You said, "unless you're fearing for your life, you should never strike a woman." How about women who strike men? Or is that acceptable to you?

    I don't believe Rice should have hit the woman, but I also don't understand why no one is mentioning the fact that the woman struck first. Are we, as men, supposed to simply take whatever abuse a woman dishes out simply because she's a woman?

  • dollibug Sep 10, 2014

    PERHAPS this will be an eye opener for the entire world -for years when Domestic Violence has been aimed at males - but as it is seen in this video, this is not always the case and no one truly knows exactly what happens behind closed doors. Protection orders should be for both parties. There are LOTS of females who have ABUSED the system and used it for their own wicked and evil means of getting even with a partner. How sad is this? How many men are willing to admit though that a woman knocked him out or head a gun to his head. Most men just try to suck it up and take whatever is handed out to them, knowing that what they say will NOT make any difference. Perhaps this will IMPROVE how Domestic Violence Issues are viewed and Laws will change to benefit and protect both parties. THIS IS LONG OVER DUE.

  • Twittyfan Sep 10, 2014

    If you have to hit, beat or yell this is not a healthy relationship and you should not stay in it at all no matter how much you love someone. A man does not need to hit a woman and same goes for the woman hitting a man. I have never been hit by a man and would not put up with it for one minute.

  • glarg Sep 10, 2014

    Not another bogus "National Discussion"! They ought to be outlawed.

    The National Discussion just means Leftists launching into a monologue and everyone else reverently listening to their screeds.

    There is a saying that tough cases make bad law. Do we really have an epidemic of one-punch knockouts during casino fights? Not everyone is a roided up NFL running back coming off a casino bender.

    But by all means Leftists- continue your lynching party. The woman was happy with her husband but but a stop to that because it doesnt fit your political theories.

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