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Latham: What if we had video of every punch thrown?

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 4:00 am

Updated: 6:51 am, Wed Sep 10, 2014.

By Phil Latham

Video cameras don’t record the action in the small houses and shacks of America. The cheap motel rooms on Marshall Avenue don’t have cameras, either. For that matter, in the middle class homes and fine houses of the wealthy what goes on behind closed doors may be talked about but is rarely seen.

Glitzy casinos have video cameras everywhere security can hang one, though, and that is how Baltimore Ravens football star Ray Rice got caught throwing a vicious straight left that took down his then-fiancee, Janay, like a sack of garbage thrown to the curb.

A short time later, the happy couple got hitched.

Tina Brown, a staff member at the Hiway 80 RescueMission women’s shelter, has a theory about why that marriage occurred and why women stay with men who beat them — even returning after they have escaped.

“Sometime in her life the woman was in some way convinced that she didn’t deserve any better than that,” she said.

It’s the big lie, and it may be conveyed in any number of ways, both by how the woman is treated and what she is told directly.

But it is not the truth. Not at all. Read more

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