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James Brown delivers powerful speech on domestic violence

"I challenge the NFL community, and all men, to seriously confront the problem of domestic violence, especially coming on the heels of the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins .Yet here we are again, dealing with the same issue of violence against women. Now let’s be clear, this problem is bigger than football. There has been, appropriately so, intense and widespread outrage following the release of a video showing what happened inside the elevator at the casino. But wouldn’t it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, could be channeled to truly hear and address the long-suffering cries for help by so many women, and as they said, do something about it? Like an ongoing comprehensive education of men about what healthy, respectful manhood is all about.  And it starts with how we view women. Our language is important. For instance, when someone says ‘you throw the ball like a girl’ or ‘you’re a little sissy’, it reflects an attitude that devalues women. And attitudes will eventually manifest in some fashion.  Women have been at the forefront of the domestic violence awareness and prevention arena, and whether Janay Rice considers herself a victim or not, millions of women in this country are. Consider this — according to domestic violence experts, more than three women per day lose their lives at the hands of their partners.  That means that since the night of February 15 in Atlantic City, more than 600 women have died. So this is yet another call to men, to stand up and take responsibility for their thoughts, their words, their deeds, and as Deion says, to give help or to get help. Because our silence is deafening, and deadly.”