Incidents involving football players brings domestic violence to forefront

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Violence against women has been in the spotlight recently due to the several incidents occurring with National Football League (NFL) players.

Now former NFL player Raymell “Ray” Rice is serving an indefinite suspension from the after a tape was leaked out of him punching his then-fiancée and knocking her out.

The incident involving the Baltimore Ravens player happened in February but didn’t come out into light until September.

On Wednesday, a walk-on Delta College football player was cited and released in an alleged physical altercation with a female on campus.

Javaun Young, 20, was arrested for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, according to campus police.

Witnesses told police that two people were fighting over a bag, which allegedly started the altercation.

Delta’s Athletic Director Daryl Arroyo said Football Coach Gary Barlow addressed the topic of domestic violence prior to the season.

Whether Young will remain on the team is unknown.

“The player’s fate will be ultimately up to the coach,” Arroyo said.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was enacted twenty years ago, however domestic violence continues to be an issue, as well as violence against women.

The issue is more important than ever, but Republican Congressional candidate Gary Palmers has indicated his desire to defund the act.

The law includes protection of woman, gay individuals, lesbians, illegal aliens and Indian tribes reservations within the United States, holding all accountable for their crimes, which increased the rates of prosecutions and convections.

Statistics stated one in three woman and one and seven men experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime and 15 percent of all violent crime is partner violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.