Jon Stewart covers the NFL’s mishandling of the Ray Rice incident.
I agree with the first part. It was stupid they only made it worse when video came out. But I do agree with the 1st offense = 6 game, 2nd offense = banned. People make mistakes. Does that excuse their actions, hell no. And let’s not forget these people will still face all the legal punishments as well
People will only face legal punishment if their significant other presses charges and wins the case. I dont think a lot of women press charges. It’s really scary. And it is not at all uncommon for a woman to break up with her abusive boyfriend and then be murdered by him (the exact statistic eludes me rn).
To see the NFL cave to the pressure and fire him really sends a message to all of those women that they have their backs, and a message to men that domestic violence will NOT be tolerated.
And maybe if someone gets angry and physically lashes out once they should get a chance (Jesus, this is a grey fucking area in my head but overall BAD obvs) but domestic abuse implies that it is a cycle, and once that’s the case there are no second chances.
I honestly hate reblogging these but I have something to add and maybe one of you people might care.
My father abused my mother. It has taken nearly a decade for me to repair my relationship with him. My father is an incredible person now, he is so much more than he use to be and he has struggled to be where he is now. I am very proud of him. However it didn’t take a year for him to be a better man and a different man. It took a combination of jail and several years.
Six game suspension for first offensive because “people make mistakes”…
Absolutely not. I’m glad they fired him. I VEHEMENTLY disagree that the “first offense” should be six games. There is no excuse to brutally hurt someone that you are in a relationship with. With domestic violence comes control, anger and so much more than just physical abuse.
My father tells me now that if a man ever hits me, even once, he is not a man. It is never acceptable. Emotional abuse, I feel the same. Emotional abuse is the first part of domestic violence. You have to understand that to smack the fuck out of someone means that they have been verbally abusing them and teaching them to accept violent behavior.
If you ever abuse your partner, you need a very sharp awakening. I love my father, but he deserved to lose his job, he deserved to go to jail. 10+ years later he doesn’t resemble the man he was. This is not the case for every abuser. Change can happen. But it does not happen easily or quickly.