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Domestic Violence Gender Gap and Social Media’s Impact

Domestic violence is an ongoing problem in society. Domestic violence occurs in every country, in every neighborhood, among people of all races, cultures, religions and income levels. Most cases are not reported but this issue is still taken very seriously. When professional athletes’ are accused of this crime, it stirs up much controversy and tough decisions for league leaders to act appropriately. Athletes’ are seen as role models for youth throughout the world and looked upon to set positive examples for kids.

Ray Rice, former running back for the Baltimore Ravens, was convicted of domestic violence against his fiancé last month and was suspended by the NFL, which resulted in a Twitter uproar to the way the National Football League handled the case. In contrast, United States soccer player Hope Solo was accused of domestic violence last summer against her nephew and half sister yet still continues to play soccer.

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