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Our Justice System Is Sentencing Domestic Abuse Survivors To Life Without Parole

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  • Our justice system’s misunderstandings about domestic violence are putting abuse survivors into jail for life without parole. [The Atlantic]
  • Clergy, priests, and monks sent their own photos to a Florida police department so that they would stop using pictures of Black youth for target practice. [Washington Post]
  • Read about the women who have been serving in Myanmar’s long-standing civil war. [New York Times] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Blame Roger Goodell For Ray Rice’s Return To The NFL

Blame Roger Goodell For Ray Rice's Return To The NFL

Ray Rice is now allowed to play football in the NFL should anyone choose to have him. And if you, like me, are wondering where exactly to direct your outrage, look squarely at Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL.

For nearly 10 months, we’ve watched Goodell bungle Rice’s suspension and appeal. In August he admitted he “didn’t get it right” when it came to handling the case. On Friday we got to see Goodell fumble the ball again, this time in slow motion, when ex-U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones released a scathing 17-page report on how the NFL handled the Rice debacle. In one fell swoop, Jones lifted Rice’s indefinite ban from the NFL and allowed him to sign as a free agent.

According to Jones’ report, when Rice explained to Goodell and the NFL what happened in the elevator of an Atlantic City Casino during his disciplinary hearing in June, he described the scene shown in the security camera video. That video was available to the NFL, they just never asked to see it. Keep reading »

Janay Rice Says All There Is To Say About That Ray Rice Halloween Costume

Some asshole decided that it would be super-hilarious to be Ray Rice, Domestic Abuser for Halloween, and made a costume in which he wore Rice’s jersey and dragged around a blow-up doll. You know what stumps me about this? He got the “don’t wear blackface” memo, but not the “domestic abuse is not funny” memo. It was originally posted on Reddit’s /r/funny subreddit, which, just… vom.

Obviously there’s been a lot of backlash. It’s been roundly criticized on the internet and on Twitter (sickeningly enough, there are plenty of people who think it’s just hilarious as well), and on TMZ Rose McGowan called it “repulsive.” But the sort of bottom-line sentiment about the whole thing comes from Janay Rice: Keep reading »

NFL Wives Were Pressured To Stay Silent About Domestic Abuse

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  • Ex-wives of NFL players  talked to the Washington Post about the pressure they faced to stay silent about domestic abuse. [Deadspin]
  • Female genital mutilation in the west is more common than you would ever imagine. [Daily Beast]
  • Scratch had a roundtable on the problems faced by black authors in publishing. [Scratch] Keep reading »

Sarah Hyland Seeks Restraining Order From Abusive Ex-Boyfriend Matt Prokop

  • “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland, 23, received a temporary restraining order against her longtime boyfriend Matt Prokop on Friday following an increasing pattern of physical and emotional abuse. In her filing, she claims Prokop hasslammed her against the back of her car, choked her, threatened to set her house on fire, and threatened to kill her dog. She claims Prokop has threatened to kill himself if they break up. In August, Hyland said she reached out to Prokop’s mother in Texas to ask for help, but that his mom told her that if she broke up with her son and he killed himself, it would be Hyland’s fault. The actress also detailed how she sought the help of her “Modern Family” co-star Julie Bowen to help end the relationship and Prokop told Bowen “he wanted to make me so miserable that I would take a shotgun and kill myself.” Prokop entered rehab in late August and Hyland sought the restraining order on the advisement of the rehab director, who contacted her to warm her about “Mr. Prokop’s mental state and attitude toward me.” What a scary thing to go through — I hope she is safe. [New York Daily News] Keep reading »

Roger Goodell On NFL’s Handling Of Ray Rice: “I Made A Mistake”

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  • In a press conference today NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he is not considering a resignation of the league’s handling of Ray Rice’s assault on his then-fiancée, which has been pretty much a hot mess from the get-go. Rice was originally suspended by the NFL for only two games; his team, the Baltimore Raven, terminated his contract after a video was released by TMZ showing him punching his wife in the face in the elevator. In his press conference, Goodell repeatedly said he was “not satisfied” with their response and admitted, “I made a mistake.” He didn’t specifically address what that singular “mistake” was, but said he is committed to “the opportunity we have to make a difference and do the right thing.” Domestic violence and sexual violence prevention programs for all 32 teams in the league will take place within the next 30 days. [New York Times]
  • Three Black women claim they were accused of being sex workers (specifically:”soliciting”) while sitting at the bar of the upscale Standard Hotel in New York City. A hotel employee later offered the women a bottle of champagne and a $400 dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »
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