Janay Rice: I get it but I don’t get it

The news about Janay and Ray Rice is everywhere. Most of the people on the planet have seen the video of the couple on the elevator. 

This morning I read the following quote from Janay Rice on the Baltimore Sun website : 

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” Janay Rice wrote. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that [the] media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass [off] for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific.

“THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”

Okay, Mrs. Rice. I get it. You and your husband are dealing with your domestic violence issue in an extremely public way. However, no one did anything to you and your husband, except your husband. There is no one else to blame. So I do not understand why you are blaming everyone, except your husband. 

When I see your picture from the press conference, I recognize all of the traits of a domestic violence victim – shame, embarrassment, fear. I’m positive that the last few months have been awful – in public and at home. Many people are hoping that you can get the help that you need so you can be a survivor, instead of a victim. 

AP: Phillip Semanksy http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/09/09/people-still-victim-blaming-janay-rice/
AP: Phillip Semanksy


This is a link to Becki Duckworth’s blog post. Excellent work. http://isurvivedamurderattackmyfamilydidnt.com/2014/09/09/why-i-stayed-why-i-left/

Post by Blissfully Single: https://blissfullysinglevoice.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/whyistayed-my-story/



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  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    What I don’t understand is why she married him ….. “We are staying together to show what real love is” … or something along those lines, she say. I’m baffled!! Won’t be surprised about future events, sad to say.

  2. Unless a person has been a survivor of domestic violence they won’t ‘get it’ with the woman. She will defend her husband every time, because that’s how she is programmed. That’s what they do to survive. I feel sorry for her and unfortunately I do ‘get her’. I feel afraid for her future.

  3. Every sports person, for the most part a man, is a walking lethal weapon and what he did was a reaction to her hitting him, no matter he need help, she needs help by marrying him?
    They both must help the next victim from this abuse by speaking out.

  4. If only there was a magic wand to make that beautiful woman realize how strong she is and that love doesn’t hurt. I feel for her being dragged through the media whether it’s shame or simply attention. I can’t imagine dealing with this and seeing your own face on the front of media outlets everywhere.

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