Janay Palmer, wife of disgraced football player Ray Rice, lashed out on Instagram about the pain her family is going through following her husband's dismissal from the Baltimore Ravens after a video of her being beaten was revealed.
According to the Baltimore Sun, she wrote, "I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend.”
"But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing. 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! What don't you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!"
Rice was cut from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended from the NFL indefinitely after TMZ posted a video of him punching Janay in the face. Another video showed him dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator.
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.