A few weeks ago, the NFL issued a meaningless 2 game suspension to Ray Rice for punching and knocking out his girlfriend. After the suspension was handed down, there was a massive outcry and criticism against the NFL for handing out such a lean punishment. Roger Goodell heard the outcry and issued a revised league discipline plan for anyone accused of domestic violence. The new plan sends the message that the Ray Rice suspension didn’t send a clear enough message that domestic violence will not be tolerated.
Last week, the 2014 NFL Training Camp began for all 32 teams, but in Owings Mills, MD, the home of the Baltimore Ravens, an ugly story took center stage. The league suspended Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens All-Pro Running Back) for 2 games for allegedly punching his fiancé, knocking her unconscious, and then dragging her out of an elevator still unconscious. Roger Goodell handed out the punishment that for many, including myself, is way too soft considering that a player smoking Marijuana (even in Denver and Seattle) is suspended for 4 games or more. In Rogers’ defense, it not just him and the NFL. Domestic violence is treated with a laissez-faire attitude despite its deadly consequences.
On Friday May 23, 2014 Elliot Rodger a 22 year-old student at University of California-Santa Barbra shot 15 killing 7 including himself. The questions and issues in this case are numerous. I can talk about the fact that he was able to get a gun or about the mental health system, I am not going to talk about those issue but rather I am going to discuss the two issue no one is covering in the media but is a wide spread and detrimental to our culture and society. I am going to talk about his views about sex and women. In this case the center of Elliot’s rage.
The U.S. Department of Justice released a list of schools they are investigating for violations of Title 9, the law that protects women’s rights on college campuses. The investigation centers around the schools’ failure to provide a safe environment for women on campuses by not protecting women from sexual assaults on campus. Campus sexual assaults are occurring at epidemic proportions. By the time any class graduates college, 1 in 4 women will have been raped; that means 25 percent of 22-year-old women have been raped. To make matters worse, only 40 percent of these sexual assaults will be reported to authorities and only 10 percent of the crimes will lead to an arrest. So what can be done to stop sexual assaults on campus?