Judging by his numbers, Roger Goodell, the current NFL Commissioner, is headed for a period of struggle and strife originating primarily from the public outcry of the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice abuse debacle. It is my opinion that this challenging period will ultimately lead to Mr Goodell’s firing or resignation as Commission of the NFL. His most trying times begin in October, 2014 and continue through to February 2016. In the last few days, other comparable abuse cases have been exposed, namely 49er Ray McDonald and Viking Adrian Peterson, and just today, Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy.
Via Google, I found a statistic about the NFL that indicated that there have been 84 NFL players arrested in the past 13 years for domestic abuse. That’s more than 6 a year, but the real truth is found in the statistics of the National Coalition of Domestic Abuse of America: One in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. An estimate 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. 85% of domestic violence victims are women. Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they know. Females who are 20-14 years of age are at the greatest risk of non-fatal intimate partner violence. MOST CASES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARE NEVER REPORTED.
It is gratifying, however, to see victims of abuse (domestic or otherwise) coming out of that shrouded veil of fear and admonishment to speak their truth about what has happened to them by their famous and not-so-famous husbands and lovers. And, in my opinion, this is just the beginning of the light shining brightly on so many other inequities and unjust treatment of women, both personally and professionally. I have always contended that this millennium, the 2000s, is the WOMEN’s millennium and we will watch them rise in all aspects of our society to one day run this country and many others. I predict that will begin to take place in the 2020s and continue to escalate throughout the remaining years of this era.
There is such a huge need for the safety and nurturing of our dear Mother Earth which will take place when women reign high in this world. Ours is a nurturing nature, inherently, and it is my belief that when the world has acknowledged the civilized and humane qualities that women bring to the world table, that all humanity will find a way to bring peace to our world. Peace is synonymous with love — and with love we can put an end to all the atrocities that are being perpetrated on this earth and its inhabitants in these unruly times.