Survivors Use Hashtags To Explain Why It's So Hard To End An Abusive Relationship
Twitter users have been using two hashtags to call attention to domestic abuse in light of the scandal involving ousted NFL player Ray Rice.
Some have criticized former NFL player Ray Rice's wife, Janay, for marrying him after he knocked her unconscious in an elevator while they were engaged.
These hashtags underscore how difficult it can be to get out of an abusive relationship.
Check it out:
#whyIStayed is such a complex matter for everyone. I beleived it was my burden and that there was nothing but pain either way.- Jaq's Phantom (@disposableJaq) September 9, 2014
#whyileft I realized I didn't like who I was anymore. I realized my future was deadly at best. I wanted better for my future children.- Jaq's Phantom (@disposableJaq) September 9, 2014
#whyistayed because he said he would kill himself if I left- Jenny Martin (@JennyMartin_UQ) September 9, 2014
#whyileft because I thought I would kill myself if I stayed- Jenny Martin (@JennyMartin_UQ) September 9, 2014
#whyistayed I lived in hope, it would get better. Nothing more dangerous is the power of hope. Make you or break you.- Seranna (@SerannaS) September 9, 2014
I was told marriage is forever. I didn't want to be a failure #whyistayed- Jessica Merrell (@jmillermerrell) September 9, 2014
I convinced myself it wasnt bout me, it was bout his past. I felt sorry for him & I thought I was strong enough 4 the both of us #WhyIStayed- Nina Marie (@Princess_Nina) September 9, 2014
I couldnt look myself in the mirror, I was tired of lying, I lost my self esteem (still working on), I got on my knees & prayed #WhyILeft- Nina Marie (@Princess_Nina) September 9, 2014
These stories aim to combat victim-blaming as the public becomes more aware of domestic violence in the wake of the Ray Rice incident.
Janay released a statement on Instagram on Tuesday defending her husband and decrying the media for publishing the video showing her abuse.
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