Sunday, January 20, 2019
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! PROGRESSIVE ACTIVIST WARNS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IF KANSAS CITY CHIEFS LOSE!!!
Diligently crafted by local and national media, so much anticipation and desperate hope hinges on a victory for the Kansas City Chiefs today.
An advocate for women's right fears this crescendo of cowtown suspense has the potential to develop into a dangerous let down.
Here's the word sent our way from a denizens of our blog community who sometimes takes flak for her radical feminist views but offers this message out of genuine concern for the safety of women.
Angela K. says: "TKC, today you must provide some resources for women who might be in danger in the event that the Chiefs are defeated. Domestic violence has been a growing threat in our community and you should know that many of our local homicides are perpetrated by men brutally attacking women and killing them. Do not forget that last year a woman was beaten to death by her estranged husband at a Kansas City park with a "protection order" in her pocket. Deadly domestic violence is rampant in KC and the real culture of the NFL seems to endorse men beating women and suffering very little consequences. So, TKC, I demand that, if you really want to call yourself a news source, you bring this issue to light and offer better information for a problem that every other local news station has ignored."
While an angry demand on a Sunday is brash, the safety of local women and anyone who suffers violence should be a concern for Kansas City news watchers.
Brief aside: Men and younger men often endure domestic violence as well.
This year the Kansas City Chiefs suffered through an assault controversy where one of their star players was fired after video of him punting a young woman in a hotel hallway surfaced on a TV celeb show website.
While Kareem Hunt paid for the incident with a major setback to his career and has since apologized -- Controversy over player discipline (or lack thereof) for domestic violence and assault allegations against women has plagued the NFL for years.
As for the public suffering violence inspired by the fate of the Kansas City Chiefs . . . A few points to consider:
Most news outlets downplay the danger to fans at the stadium. However, not so long ago a man was beaten to death in the parking lot. And this month a youngster was hit in the head with a bottle at the game.
The topic of assaults against women after the Super Bowl has been hotly debated. Some say it's a myth that has been debunked but the reality is the violence in American homes is endemic . . .
Every minute, 20 people are victims of intimate partner violence. Every day, three women die from it. In their lifetimes, one out of every four women in the United States will be victims of physical violence by an intimate partner.
Still, taking a look at the big picture we notice that climactic sporting matches around the world often confront similar concerns of domestic violence following the outcome.
Actually, there is data which provides reason for concern . . .
A Lancaster University study of the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups showed domestic abuse reports rose 26 percent when the English team won, and 38% when the English team lost.
Local angle - Last year Kansas City recorded around 1,000 reports of domestic violence.
For all of its graces, Western culture invests a great deal in the outcome of professional sports. Therefore, the concern from our blog community is justified.
And so, as requested, we share this quick list of local crisis centers that help women and men suffering attacks from intimate partners.
Rose Brooks Center
LGBT Focused: Kansas City Anti-Violence Project
National Domestic Violence Hotline
More importantly, while hundreds of millions of dollars and countless worker hours have been invested in a contest tonight in Kansas City, our blog community reminds readers that it's just a game.
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