In the News: #WhyIStayed Gives Voice to Victims of Domestic Abuse

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Women are increasingly turning to social media platforms like Twitter to respond to current events, voice their opinions, and connect with a community of likeminded peers. #WhyIStayed is the latest entry in what some are calling hashtag feminism.

#WhyIStayed started with one woman, Beverly Gooden, responding to the fallout of the Ray Rice scandal. After videos of Rice physically abusing his girlfriend (now wife) surfaced, some pundits and speculators questioned the victim’s motives: If the situation was so bad, why did she stay?

Gooden used the hashtag #WhyIStayed to raise awareness about domestic abuse and share the complicated reasons why she stayed in an abusive relationship with her now ex-husband, reasons such as “I stayed because my pastor told me that God hates divorce.” Gooden’s honest, vulnerable responses went viral, inspiring other victims of domestic abuse to share #WhyIStayed.

#WhyIStayed, #YesAllWomen, #EveryDaySexism, and other social media conversations empower women who have been ignored or marginalized by the mainstream media.

Read more at in the Time Magazine article “Behold the Power of #Hashtag Feminism.”