Let’s be open, honest and true to what it is. There are too many of us comfortable in our easy chairs, never having experienced trauma or unfortunate circumstances, and scoff at those who have (or haven’t) and are speaking up about lacking support and resources…and equality. Don’t let that be yourself. Do what you would do if it were you or your closest loved one.
by Kari Lorimer
Let’s not skirt around the issue, I’m just going to call it what it is: Kasandra Perkins was a victim of domestic violence. Period. Perkins’ death was tragic, heart breaking, and wrong. And unfortunately, it is not an uncommon story; almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner.
Having said that, I’m not going to discuss Belcher’s character or even the serious problem the NFL seems to have with players that are perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual assault. Instead, I want to discuss the role that media isn’t playing in calling it what it is.
The vast media coverage of Jovan Belcher murdering his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and then killing himself is both disheartening and frustrating. There has been some mention of domestic violence but, if anything, the media might be reinforcing stereotypes about…
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