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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