The Wrong Way To Talk About Domestic Violence, Presented By The Miss America Pageant

September 15, 2014 6:17 PM

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There are many questions worth asking about domestic violence, something that one in four women and one in seven men will experience in their lifetimes: What can you do to help someone you suspect is in an abusive relationship? Why do organizations like the NFL tacitly protect abusers? Does early learned behavior contribute to intimate partner violence later on? How do race and class play into the way we judge those who experience such violence? What legislation can we enact to protect victims and survivors?

One thing that isn't worth debating -- especially during the Miss America pageant -- is why someone who has been abused decides to stay with their abuser, and whether or not we agree with her decision to do so.

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