Tuesday, July 7, 2015

So why only one charge?

I'm sure you've already seen it but in case you haven't video evidence has come up of Florida State University quarterback De'Andre Johnson getting into an argument with a woman at a bar.

After the two bumped into each other they exchanged words and those words culminated in the woman punching Johnson after which Johnson punched her back.

Now of course violence is wrong and we should avoid it when possible. But this is not a perfect world so it does happen.

With that in mind I don't support violence but at the same time I can't help but notice the resulting outcome.

Johnson has been charged with battery, indefinitely suspended from the football team and according to his attorney, "He is currently participating in community service, and faith-based programs focused on battered women, substance abuse, and the empowerment of children.". 

The woman.......yeah.......

There is no question that Johnson played a part in this and has to be held accountable and responsible for the role he played and he certainly went overboard in his response. However my questions are the same.

If "violence is wrong, no matter the gender" as people say then why is it when a man and woman are mutually violent only the man is held responsible?

If "violence is wrong, no matter the gender" as people say then why is it when a man and woman are mutually violent the story is almost always retold as "man hits woman"?

If "violence is wrong, no matter the gender" as people say then why is it when a man and woman are mutually violent the woman is treated as a totally innocent victim?

Spare me the attempts at saying I support violence against women because I don't. What I want to know is if violence is bad all about why is it that only men are held responsible for it.