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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference in Orlando, Fla., on March 26, 2014. Credit: AP / John Raoux

In "Ravens drop Rice" [News, Sept. 9], NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is quoted as saying, "I didn't get it right" with regard to his initial light reprimand: a two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice. This statement also accurately reflects society's often distorted perception of domestic violence.

It shouldn't take a graphic, violent video of a woman being knocked unconscious for strong consequences to be imposed. This implies that only when domestic violence occurs in the public eye do we need to worry about holding the perpetrator proportionately accountable for his or her actions. Domestic violence has notoriously been viewed as a private family issue to be dealt with behind closed doors.

It's not a private issue, nor is it a women's issue. It's a batterer's issue. And the accountability and culpability for the violence belong there.

Newsday has done a great job of bringing the issue of domestic violence to the front page; however, there is still more work to do, as evidenced by Goodell's initial punishment. Not all cases of domestic violence involve a video. In many cases, we have only the words of a terrorized victim or a defenseless child. It's my hope that those victims will receive adequate justice as well.

Olivia Tursi, Islandia

Editor's note: The writer is a counselor and program coordinator for VIBS Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center.
 

Since when does Jets backup quarterback Michael Vick have the right to criticize or comment on the abuse situation with Ray Rice ["Vick: My situation does not compare," Sports, Sept. 11]?

This is a man who operated a dogfighting operation in which dogs were killed, and said he knew nothing about it. Innocent animals were abused and tortured.

Vick should not be playing in the NFL; he should have been suspended even after serving his time in jail.

Frances Harwood, Seaford

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