Episode
September 16, 2014

#WhyIStayed: The challenges and choices facing domestic violence victims

The Stream speaks to survivors of domestic violence about the challenges of leaving an abusive relationship.
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Video showing US National Football League (NFL) player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée unconscious, has focused the spotlight on domestic violence in the country. Many immediately took to social media to criticise the victim, in part because she then went on to marry Rice and apologise for his behaviour. In response to the victim blaming, #WhyIStayed went viral on Twitter as people began sharing their stories of why they remain in abusive relationships. On Tuesday, we speak with survivors. Join the conversation at 19:30 GMT.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Christy Sims @ChristySims_FDN
Survivor
christysims.org

Beverly Gooden @bevtgooden
Survivor 
beverlygooden.com

Ethlie Ann Vare @LoveAddict_Book
Survivor
AffectionDeficitDisorder.com

Claudia Garcia-Rojas @ChiTaskForce
Director, Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls and Young Women 
chitaskforce.org

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