A Punchline That Isn’t Funny


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How does this campaign make you feel about domestic abuse? Seems more serious when you see your childhood memories battered and beaten.

Alexa Westlake, Reporter

A woman’s husband has major mood swings–whose doesn’t? But what happens when a mood swing becomes an actual swing and next thing you know there is a viral video of her boyfriend knocking her unconscious  in an elevator?

The recent events with Ray Rice and his wife Janay Palmer, where an elevator camera released footage of what appears to be an argument followed by a brutal assault on Palmer, have brought attention to not only domestic violence in the NFL, but also domestic violence in America today.

Americans don’t seem to be treating domestic violence with the severity that we should, as rates continue to rise. Currently, according to Safehorizon, an organization dedicated to collecting data about reported domestic abuse, 1 in 4 women will encounter some type of domestic abuse in her lifetime. Even worse, 1 in 3 women who are victims of homicide will be killed by a current or former intimate partner.

The even more sickening fact is that these are only the reported cases. Most domestic violence incidents are never reported which means that thousands, if not millions, of men and women are facing abuse in silence, with few consequences for their abusers.

Indeed, Rice only got a league suspension of two games. What kind of example are we setting here? If you beat your spouse and apologize, then you can suffer a minor consequence and move on.

Remember when Chris Brown beat Rihanna? This serious crime was met with jokes and humor from the Internet. I don’t know how you feel, but domestic violence is no laughing matter to me.

So what is the community to do about the rise in attention to domestic abuse? Hopefully something more effective. Recently, there has been a powerful campaign showing battered and bruised Disney princesses and princes with a caption “When did he stop treating you like a princess?” or “When did she stop treating you like a hero?” urging spouses that it is never too late to leave or get help.

Not only should the NFL rethink the way that they deal with domestic violence, but as too does the rest of American society. This is no joke, and the growing issue will only get worse if we don’t do something to address it.