Domestic Violence


Beating Women Is Okay When You Have Enough Money
05 May 2015

Beating Women Is Okay When You Have Enough Money

Despite a number of groups boycotting the Floyd Mayweather fight owing to his history of domestic violence, his Las Vegas bout, for which he was paid $200 million dollars, went off without a hitch Saturday.  In fact, seats sold out in 60 seconds. How much longer are we going to ignore the truth about those who abuse women?  There are athletes in all sports who...

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18 Apr 2015

The Daily Show Could Help Pass a Bill to Help Rape Victims

“The Daily Show aired a segment entitled “Parenting With the Enemy,” which exposed a shocking loophole that existed in 31 states as of last year.* In those states, a woman did not have the right to terminate the parental rights of her rapist, potentially exposing children conceived during a rape to violent attackers.” Per political strategist and commentator Shawna Vercher, this issue has caused concern...

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Biden and Mikulski Secure $41M Federal Funding to End Rape Kit Backlog
19 Mar 2015

Biden and Mikulski Secure $41M Federal Funding to End Rape Kit Backlog

Vice President Joe Biden and Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski have secured $41 million in federal funding to help end the backlog of rape kits that sit untested, gathering dust in crime labs around the country for up to 5 to 10 years. Caitlin Dickson reported, per a Department of Justice study, some kits sit in officer’s desks and lockers never even progressing beyond that point....

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Anita Finlay with Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV 2 12 2015 -- click pic to watch interview
12 Feb 2015

End Domestic Violence or Protect a Franchise?

We get mixed messages when it comes to domestic violence. The Grammys and the NFL, for example, trumpet an end to physical and emotional abuse of women, yet near daily news reports telegraph that an athlete’s or pop star’s franchise is held at a higher premium than a woman’s safety. click pic to watch interview  This will only change when enough people with a bully...

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Beyond Obama’s Tepid Grammy PSA on Domestic Violence
12 Feb 2015

Beyond Obama’s Tepid Grammy PSA on Domestic Violence

While the Grammys only dipped a toe in the water of stopping domestic violence, activist Brooke Axtell made clear at Sunday night’s event that she was able to survive an abusive situation and later thrive because of one supportive voice. Apart from the frustrating juxtaposition of President Obama’s PSA on stopping violence while abuser and Grammy nominee Chris Brown sat in the audience, the important...

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The Grammys’ Conflicting Message on Domestic Violence
09 Feb 2015

The Grammys’ Conflicting Message on Domestic Violence

Sunday’s Grammy Awards featured a PSA of President Obama calling attention to the shocking number of women in America who are raped or suffer domestic violence.  “It’s on us,” he said, urging the artistic community to raise awareness to bring a stop to it.  Activist Brooke Axtell then shared her own experiences with abuse and human trafficking, capped by a powerful performance from Katy Perry who...

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Does Ray Rice Get to Hide Behind His Wife?
04 Dec 2014

Does Ray Rice Get to Hide Behind His Wife?

Months ago, I predicted Ray Rice’s permanent suspension from the NFL would be overturned. Does anyone doubt that he will play pro ball again? If the NFL didn’t want Rice back, would we see a continuation of the Janay Rice apology/justification/Ray-habilitation tour broadcast by none other than The Today Show? In the rush to stage this mea culpa, we risk losing focus on the video...

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19 Sep 2014

Ending Domestic Violence, a Talk with Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle, 9/16/2014

Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension from the Baltimore Ravens for the physical abuse of his then fiancée Janay Palmer has sparked a national conversation about domestic violence. Even though the NFL seemed backed into a corner and had to hand out more severe punishment than its initially lenient “two game suspension,” it remains to be seen whether this subject will occupy a few more news cycles and then fade...

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CBS' anchor James Brown's statement on stopping domestic violence
16 Sep 2014

Is the Ray Rice Incident a Watershed Moment on Domestic Violence?

The video of Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée Janay Palmer unconscious and dragging her from a casino elevator has by now gone viral.  The first sin was the violence itself.  The second sin was the NFL attempting to dismiss it by issuing a Rice paltry two-game suspension as “punishment,” bringing into sharp focus how we still minimize vile and violent behavior toward women in this...

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