This article is really fascinating and reports deliberate incompetence/ignorance at so many levels. For everyone wondering how so many people (myself included) could possibly have been so (very wrongfully, regrettably) accepting of the first two game suspension and/or keeping Ray Rice on the team when the first punishment was doled out, this is one reason why.
This whole incident has been a very good reminder that seemingly good people can do terrible, horrific things, and being an adult means you are able to reconcile two ideas that are in direct opposition to each other. My favorite bad reviews of the movie Frozen were from people who felt that (spoiler alert) the prince turning into a villain with no prior warning sent a bad message to children not to trust men, or worse, not to trust people. To me, constant, deliberate, and careful consideration and questioning of people, corporations, and governments seems like a great value to instill in your kids. One day, they will need it.
Oh hey, that’s my friend who said that. Yay for adamsilvera + diverse books!
Katie Ray-Jones, the CEO of the hotline, said it normally receives 500 to 600 calls a day from domestic violence victims and their concerned friends or family members. But after the Rice video was circulated online Monday, the hotline received over 1,000 phone calls. The numbers continued to climb on Tuesday.
"We had an outpouring of women saying, ‘Oh my god, I didn’t realize this happened to other people.’ They thought they were living a life that was very unique to them," Ray-Jones told The Huffington Post. "One woman called in who is married to a [mixed martial arts] fighter. She said, ‘I just saw that video, and I know my husband could do worse, and I need help.""