Robin Givens comments on Ray Rice domestic violence scandal
While we’ve heard many opinions as to why wife to former NFL’er Ray Rice, Janay Palmer should leave her abusive husband, there are other voices who say that they would understand Palmer and support her, should she decide to stand by her man.
One of those critics is actress and former domestic violence victim Robin Givens, who recently spoke candidly about why she stayed with Mike Tyson after he laid hands on her for the first time and what Palmer may be feeling during this trying time.
In a recent Op-Ed she wrote for Time magazine, Givens said…
“People ask why I didn’t leave after the first time he hit me. But you feel such inner turmoil and confusion. You want it to be only one time. And for three days after that incident, I did the right thing. I said: ‘Don’t call me. I never want to see you again.’ But then you start taking his phone calls. Then he asks to see you in person, and you say yes to that. Then you have a big giant man crying like a baby on your lap and next thing you know, you’re consoling him. You’re the protector. One minute you’re running from him, the next you’re protecting him. And being a black woman you feel you want to protect your man. You think, the black man in America has it so difficult anyway, so now you’re turning them in. It feels like the ultimate betrayal. And maybe Janay Rice is feeling a little of that, though I don’t want to speak for her.”
What are your thoughts on Givens’ commentary as to why Palmer may stay in her abusive relationship? – ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie