Where does the line of respect for one’s privacy begin and end? It seems that the Internet has no recollection of the meaning and any regard for boundaries. As a matter of fact, I won’t blame the Internet, I will blame the insensitive people behind the keyboards. It is them whom are the deciding factor on what is and not posted via their outlets. This morning, a popular celebrity site (the same site who broke the story that Micheal Jackson was dead and that Lil Wayne was on his deathbed) repeated an indecent crime against domestic violence survivors. The first offense came when they aired the horrific photos of Rihanna–bruised and beaten after being attacked by her then boyfriend Chris Brown. Today, it is Evelyn Lozada who feels the embarrassment of having her vulnerable disfigured face on the cover of the news.
In August of 2012, weeks after their lavish wedding, Evelyn Lozada was headbutt by her new husband Chad Ochocinco. According to reports, they were in the car when Ev began questioning Chad about a receipt she had found for a box of condoms. Chad, enraged, then assaulted the “Basketball Wives” star. Chad was dropped from his football team the Miami Dolphins. Evelyn went on to do some TV shows, where she discussed the night in detail. They eventually divorced and apparently moved on with their lives.
Chad, however, has been in and out of court. Most recently–he was sentenced to 30 days for slapping his attorney’s butt in a celebratory fashion after being rewarded probation after pleading no contest to battery against Lozada. This is perhaps why it was decided to release the gruesome photos of Evelyn’s split forehead.
Domestic violence is for entertainment. I am still question why anyone would want to see any woman in that condition. It is reflective of a desensitized society who devalues women. Lozada has yet to respond to the photos, but I imagine her embarrassed the way an exposed women would be. It is bad enough, no matter how many people think she may have deserved it or provoked it, that the offense occurred in the first place!
Here are some domestic violence statistics found on DVS:
-Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
-Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
-Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
-Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"