#WhyIStayed Hashtag Goes Viral Among Victims Of Domestic Abuse In Wake of Baltimore Raven Player Backlash

September 9, 2014 5:04 PM

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#WhyIStayed Hashtag Goes Viral Among Victims Of Domestic Abuse In Wake of Baltimore Raven Player Backlash

After a video emerged Monday showing Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back, knocking his then-fiancée (now wife) Janay Rice unconscious in a hotel elevator, hundreds of Twitter users adopted a hashtag, #WhyIStayed, to share their stories of living in – and in many cases being trapped in – an abusive relationship.

Beverly Gooden, a writer from Virginia, created the hashtag and the message ("leaving was a process, not an event," she wrote on her blog) after she saw online backlash about the Ray Rice video and Janay's decision to stick with her husband.

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