Rice Penalties a Slap to Face of Domestic Victims
Editorial by Dasraj Seecharran, Junior Writer
Because of his fame as an NFL player, Ray Rice was undercharged in the cruel deed he committed as he punched his fiance and knocked her out in an elevator. Many will be on his side just because he is a celebrity, but this is wrong because this crime could affect the lives of many, having them being hurt or killed.
Ray Rice committed a crime and got away with it with little punishment even though his fiance was knocked unconscious. To carry this idea further, it is also possible that his fiancé could live the rest of her life in fear Rice used brutal, forceful power to punch his fiance and knock her out. Unlike any ordinary person who would have been put into jail by now, Rice was only charged with third-degree assault, which is recklessly causing assault to another person. The fact that he didn't go to jail wasn't fair because “he pleaded not guilty and instead will participate in a pre-trial intervention program” (fivethirtyeight.com).
In contrast, the case on Lisette Ochoa, a well-known domestic violence case, describes how her husband was put into jail for 3 months due to her swollen, purple eyes, her upper lip being able to basically touch her nose and the fact she had to come out crawling. For something so severe, and for someone who is not a celebrity, the abuser was charged with a much heavier price than Rice who was only put into an intervention program.
The Domestic Violence Intervention Program states that “women who are abused are isolated, manipulated, and belittled into feeling they deserve the abuse – and the isolation is the key, because there aren't any positive voices to balance out the loud , ugly one.” In other words, this means that these woman will forever isolate themselves from the world because they feel like it is there fault. Many women feel trapped and live in fear, emphasizing the fact that Janay Rice could possible enhance these feelings.
To refer to a woman’s perspective, women were asked about their experiences with domestic violence. According to the Domestic Abuse Project on domesticabuseproject.com, they asked women to express their feelings after being domestically abused. Some of the heartbreaking quotes these women said on this site were horrifying. One woman shared her story. “I was brainwashed to believe that I couldn't cope without my partner, I am so used to life being this way and I’m more comfortable with what I know, than the unknown out in the world”. All these quotes prove that these women are trapped, and that they are used to suffering like this.
It is possible that in this marriage, Ray Rice’s now wife can possibly feel trapped. In the future, this can mean an abusive marriage. As logged in sources say, “The effects of abuse may make it difficult to leave.” Look at how his fiance got married to him a month later even after being knocked out. This incident could have emotionally scarred his From one knockout, woman may feel too scared to get out of the relationships that they are in. The fact that they feel as if a knockout can ruin their life, they are often too scared to get out of a relationship. Ironically, a month after Ray Rice had brutally knocked Janae out, she married him. From the quote, it can be referenced that she is comfortable with Rice, and does not want to disappoint anyone if she leaves after so many years.
As a young teenage man, I learned from the Ray Rice incident that it is never right to put your hands on a woman. She is now left with a memory that will be there forever; Janae is left with a possibly “trapped and fearful” life. It was his impulses that did this, and she was victim. The case of Ray Rice was clearly unfair and he should have been pressed heavier charges.