TP: Don’t Ask ‘Why Not Leave?’
After seeing the video of Ray Rice decking his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay in an Atlantic City casino elevator, then dragging her unconcious body out into the hallway, many might ask "why didn't Janay Rice leave her husband?" and "Why did she put up with such abuse?"
The organization ThinkProgress Tuesday suggests those of us unfamiliar with such abuse shouldn't really be asking such questions because the situation is much more complex than that. In fact, the organization says in many cases it's actually more dangerous for an abused partner to leave the relationship than to stay. Here's the ThinkProgress story:
I can't rely on personal experience to help make this issue clearer. But, staying in a relationship in which one is consistently under the cloud of abuse doesn't seem reasonable to me. What do you think? What is riskier - leaving or staying in such a relationship?