The Issue of Domestic Violence Against Athletes All Around the World

In today’s world many athletes are accused of domestic violence which is violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. There have been issues over the years involving many male athletes and their spouses resulting in physical encounters. These actions are against the law. Most cases of domestic violence involve a victim, which is a female portrayed as small and frail and an abuser usually a large, aggressive male. This stereotypical view has given non-guilty male athletes in this situation a disadvantage in the case.

I believe that since males are more physically inclined than females that when abuse is a factor males seem to be more likely to be guilty of domestic violence when that problem is not domestic violence but just a one-time situation or even self-defense. The situation should be closer analyzed before coming to the conclusion of domestic violence.

This popular view of domestic violence has contributed to men’s increasing legal and social defenselessness against women.

For example, Ray Rice, whom played for the Baltimore Ravens and a NFL super star was recently in this situation with his wife Janay Rice. Ray and his wife were in an elevator when it happened. They were having a conversation when suddenly Janay gave Ray a little shove with her elbow to his neck causing him to react the way he did with a punch to her face. He then stepped back to create space between the two when Janay simultaneously charges at him and this is when he punches her a second time leaving her unconscious.

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This introduced a new policy to the NFL which regarded domestic violence. The next morning Janay comments, “If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us or make us feel alone, take all happiness you have succeeded on so many levels. Just know that we will continue to grow and show the world what real love is.” This elaborates just how prejudice the whole situation was. The media and the law misconceived the entire situation and still believe that Janay is a victim of domestic violence. When it is obvious that she is not. She has a family that is extremely close to her, if she was being abused in any way she would no longer be in a relationship with the same man. “Whenever I speak of male abuse, I am met by disbelief and, even worse, laughter…men are the perpetrators women are the victims.”- Jan Dimmitt, Executive Director of Kelso’s Emergency Support Shelter. Men are unable to protect themselves by law from the assault of a women without being looked at by disgust or inferiority. Whenever men try using the law to protect themselves females can easily evade due to being less physical. How can a 6’2 200lbs male athlete being abused rely on the law to protect him from a violent 5’3 120lbs female?

Not only is it socially unacceptable but when a female can simply say the words “It was self-defense” and not receive any charges what can a man do, but rely on self-defense? “When I mentioned dialing 911 while my wife was hitting me with a skillet this morning, she told me to “Go ahead – I will just tell them that I was defending myself.” The law or media should not quickly jump to conclusions without completely analyzing the situation. Just because he is a male and an athlete does not mean that he is invincible to abuse. Domestic Violence cases need to be less stereotypical and prejudice, but more investigative.

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