Domestic Violence; The Hidden Secret

There is a hidden secret in homes all across America that most people chose to ignore. This is my place to share my thoughts, views and occassional rants about the issue of domestic violence. It is my hope that this blog will prove to be an educational tool that will shatter the myths and misconceptions surrounding the issue, raise awareness and motivate all members of society to take a stand against violence against women.

Location: New York, United States

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Violence is fine as long as you're a sports star

As I sit here watching the game with my future husband, I cannot help the outrage I"m feeling right now. We're watching the game and they mention another game today in which a player kicked another player in the face, not once but twice. The guy ended up requiring somewhere around 30 stitches or so to close up the cuts and of course, the perpetrator is very, very sorry for his behavior. What will be the worst that will happen to him? Suspension? Fine?

Funny, if I walked into work tomorrow morning and kicked one of my co-workers in the face I can be sure to expect 2 things to happen; 1) I'd be fired instantly and 2) the police would be called.

Why is this type of behavior acceptable when it occurs within the context of a game? This was not an accident, the guy was down, helmet off and this guy KICKS him in the face TWICE! SO, I vent to my fiance about it for a few minutes but clearly he's tired of hearing me. Just as I try to regain my compsure, there's a commerical with a player talking about the good thing about football. This man, star, role model for children had the NERVE to say that you get to hit people and hurt people without getting in trouble for it. What's worse is that NBC feels this is just fine to air on television. Needless to say, I'm launched into a tizzy all over again.

It makes me think of all the sports "heros" that are charged with domestic violence and face little to no consequence for it. Here are people that boast about being role models for children, etc. and the teams take zero action against one of their so called "role models" that beat their partners.

Another sad realization as I sit in my recliner on a Sunday night that our society is in for serious trouble if we all don't wake up and make some changes. I don't want to think this way, but I can't help but feel that we've all resigned ouselves to the fact that violence is all around us and is, do I dare even say it; acceptable?

Ahh, sooooo much to do, so little time and energy.

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