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Ray Rice incident sparks #WhyIStayed hash tag.


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Beverly Gooden is one of the few people on the Internet who hasn’t watched the graphic, grainy video of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Rice assaulting his wife (then fiance) Janay Palmer in an elevator. After all, she was in that situation herself four years ago. She knows what domestic violence looks like well enough not to need this disturbing reminder.

What got her blood boiling wasn’t this new video footage, but people’s response to it.

“The overwhelming tone was, ‘Why did she stay?’” Gooden, a human resources manager from Charlotte, N.C., told The Washington Post. “I felt that people just don’t realize, asking ‘Why doesn’t she leave?’ is such a simple question for a very complex issue.” Click to read more.

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