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Tough

With great power comes great responsibility.-Peter Parker, Spiderman

Fame is something that many aspire to gain. But fame also has it’s downsides.

It doesn’t matter if someone’s fame comes from the stage, the screen or the sports arena, they are still famous. They still have millions of people who admire their work and their person.

No one is perfect, well have our faults, but when your famous, everything is magnified.

The Ray Rice scandal has recently brought up questions about the personal lives of the NFL players off the field. If a player does something we think is morally wrong, is he to be punished a mere slap on the wrist or does he forfeit his career?

Hannah Storm, of Sports Center fame tells an emotional story. Watching the media coverage with her daughters, Ms. Storm was forced to answer a series of tough questions asked by her daughters about the scandal.

As a parent, how does one answer those questions? How does one explain to children of both sexes that Mr. Rice’s actions are wrong?  What does a parent say when a young girl sees an abused wife stay with her husband? How does that parent tell their son that hitting a woman is wrong and on the flip side, how does that parent tell their daughter that if she is in that situation one day, that she should leave? How is it be explained to these children that NFL did not fire Mr. Rice right away?

It’s a tough question that I do not know how to answer.

 

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Dear Mrs. Rice

Dear Mrs. Rice

I’m sorry to hear that your personal life is now front page news and your husband’s career may now be over.

However, I believe that this becoming front page news is a good thing.

You are not the last woman, nor are you the very first woman to be abused by a spouse or romantic partner.

You should read Anne Bronte’s novel, The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall. It’s about a woman in Victorian era England who makes the difficult choice to leave her abusive husband and start a new life with her son under a new identity.

Unlike Victorian England, women who are experiencing abuse from their partners have rights. There are laws to protect you. You can walk away from this man and move on with your life. Helen Huntington did not have that option.

I can’t tell you what to  do. Only you can make that choice.  I can only say that there are millions of women in this country who are in your shoes and who may look to you for answers.

Sincerely

Another woman

 

 

 

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