What about the victim? Did TMZ posting video violate Janay Rice’s rights?

Dave Zirin of The Nation raises some serious questions about the TMZ video:

The absence of concern for Janay Rice – in the press, on social media, amongst my own colleagues – is the most disheartening part of this entire ordeal.

No one cares that she is now going to have to relive this incident over and over again. No one cares that the world has now become privy to what may be the most humiliating moment of her entire life.

Zirin continues:

So if no one is going to talk about the well-being and welfare of the person who is actually subject of the violence on that tape let’s talk about it here. I spent the morning communicating with people who work on domestic violence and violence against women for a living. They all said the same thing, without dissent: releasing this tape to the world is incredibly damaging to Janay Rice. Just as we would protect the name of an alleged rape victim, just as we would not show a video of Ray Rice committing a sexual assault, we should not be showing this video like it’s another episode of Rich People Behaving Badly.

Zirin has a good point here. Wonder if the thought ever crossed the mind of the folks at TMZ?

I believe we all know the answer to that one.


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