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No Excuses… For VAW

In the days following the murder of Kasandra Perkins by her partner and Kansas City Chiefs player, Jovan Belcher, I have seen a litany of excuses as to why she was murdered. It has been blamed on concussions, financial problems, youth, even the culture of the NFL.

But I have the answer.

The answer is simply woman abuse. Kasandra Perkins was murdered, by a man, due to violence against women. This man made a choice to murder a woman, his partner, and the mother of his child. He made this choice not because he has a mental health issue, not because he was young, and not because he plays football. He made this choice because he had a certain attitude toward women. Misogyny is not a diagnosis in the DSM-IV, nor in the DSM-V. It is not a medical diagnosis because it is behaviour and choice men in our culture make. It is a behaviour that he knew would be excused because he is a Male Celebrity Sports Figure.

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