Over the summer the NFL met with Ray Rice and his wife in an attempt to determine the facts of the domestic violence that occurred in that infamous elevator. According to the NFL, no one had viewed the video prior to the meeting and their decision to suspend Rice for two games. What occurred in that meeting is at least somewhat in dispute. The decision itself was also somewhat controversial when initially issued with many in the domestic violence industry criticizing the leniency of a two game suspension. The criticism grew into an uproar when the video finally surfaced and now Roger Goodell, the NFL, and the Baltimore Ravens have been thoroughly demonized as villains for their handling of the case. What I want to know is what would have been different if the NFL had suspended Rice for the season (or longer) in its initial decision?
Statutory rape laws are based on the premise that persons below a specified age or who suffer from certain mental deficiencies are incapable of providing consent. These laws make it illegal for adults to coerce children into having sex. Unfortunately they fail to protect boys who impregnate their rapists.Read More