Ray Rice’s Wife Janay Was Brutalized Thrice Over

Ray Rice's Wife Janay Was Brutalized Thrice Over

In the Ray Rice  domestic violence incident, his wife Janay was brutalized thrice over. He faces condemnation for being a wife-beater and an abuser of his spouse. Make no bones about it – what he did was a despicable and cowardly act that needs to be condemned in the highest possible way. Everyone should stand up and take notice. However the real victim of the whole saga is Janay Rice whose suffering a lot of people cannot even begin to understand.

She suffered first when the violence originally happened. Being hit like that by a full grown athlete in his prime was painful and one of the most humiliating things that could ever happen to a woman. When the man who said he loved her, indeed one to whom she was engaged, brutalized her in that elevator it must have hurt her physically and psychologically. That was the first blow to her person, her body and her pride. That she was not in a position to do anything about it and had no real recourse speaks volumes about justice and fairness in American society. For complex psychological reasons that are difficult to explain, she decided to still go ahead and marry the man that hit her so badly that she lost consciousness.

The second blow is when the information became public and the video was seen by people all over the world. Some had the reaction was that she was nothing but a gold-digger who decided to marry an abusive bully because of the money that he made and because of his position in society. Some felt compelled to point out that she put her safety and possibly that of her children on the back burner and went forward with the nuptials to wed this sorry excuse of a man. This type of commentary poured in from both men and women, across the racial divide and from a veritable cross section of American society.

When the information was further disseminated and her husband was punished for his act, she did what many married women have done – she stood by her man. Just as the spouse of an adulterous politician stands by her man – in public at least – Janay did what she may have thought was expected of her. She urged the public to try and respect the couple’s privacy and not cause them any more pain than they already had suffered. However, no one listened. She was now even more condemned and had all manner of verbal and written barbs thrown at her – the third blow.

Janay Rice continued to suffer for the sins of her husband with widespread condemnation, and she has been brutalized thrice over after committing no crime. She is an innocent victim in all of this. Janay Rice – and every other woman that suffers domestic violence in America today – deserves support, care and understanding, not condemnation. The real condemnation should be targeted at the only real perpetrator – Ray Rice and no one else.

Opinion by: Rebecca Savastio


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3 Responses to "Ray Rice’s Wife Janay Was Brutalized Thrice Over"

  1. Alana Marie Burke   September 11, 2014 at 8:12 am

    A well written article from a perspective that most have not been insightful enough to examine. If Ray Rice were not “famous,” Janay would have remained in the shadows like so many women who stay with abusive men. Janay has no choice but to deal with the repercussions of her husband’s abusive behavior and the media/public analysis of her role in the relationship because they are in the limelight. That is the reality of the fame spotlight. Hopefully, she is receiving the counseling and support that she needs. As for Ray, he is a weak, pathetic human being and I hope his “fans” turn their backs on him. That being said, he got caught because he was videotaped. I suspect that there are others in the NFL who have similarly lost control but will not face similar condemnation for their actions because those actions were not made public. I further suspect that coaches and players turn a blind eye to knowledge of domestic abuse because it benefits them monetarily to do so. The only people who can put a stop to domestic abuse are the victims. Unfortunately, history has shown that the psychological damage is often worse than the physical damage and can prevent abuse victims from taking acts of self-preservation.

  2. jcs6   September 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    This is all her fault. She stupidly threw her face into his fist because violence is the only way she knows to deal with problems . Ray Rice is the victim. He can’t help it if his fist was stronger than her head.

    Secondly, she’s married to a professional football player/celebrity. She had to know that meant her privacy was on thin ice. But seeing how she’s nothing but a thug who only knows how to aggressively throw her face at people, I guess her ignorance on being in the spotlight is excusable.

    All men need to understand: IF SHE THREW HER FACE INTO YOUR FIST ONE TIME, SHE WILL DO IT AGAIN!!! That’s not love guys. Don’t let yourselves become and stay victims of abusive women like Janay Rice.

    • Max Petkevicius   September 10, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      The above comment is the most ignorant thing I have ever laid eyes on.


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