Disgraced NFL player Ray Rice defended wife Janay Palmer’s rant against the media after a video was released this week showing Janay being punched by Rice in a hotel elevator.
Janay posted an Instagram statement on Tuesday, saying that the media maelstrom has been a “nightmare,” adding, “To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his [butt] off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE!”
CNN's Rachel Nichols reached out to Rice for his reaction, and he texted this response: “I’m just holding strong for my wife and kid, that’s all I can do right now.”
The news story has inspired a new Twitter campaign. Survivors are telling their own stories using the hashtags #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft. The campaign lets victims know they are not alone, while offering inspiration to get out of abusive relationships.
If you need help, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233.