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Do You Know About The Hashtag #WhyIStayed And It’s Meaning?

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  •  September 12, 2015


Last year when American Footballer (NFL player) Ray Rice’s video of punching his then fiancée Janay Palmer went viral, it threw a new light on the issue of domestic violence.
Janay married Ray after one month of assault that made the world raise their eyebrow on her choice to stay with someone who abused her. This reminds us of the hashtag #WhyIStayed used by women on social-media explaining why they chose to live with the person who physically abused them.

Writer and domestic violence survivor Beverly Gooden talks about this hashtag that she invented, “The worst thing for a survivor to feel is alone. I want them to feel that someone is out there listening. Before as a survivor, when I would read about domestic violence, I would read about it from the angle of ‘here are the statistics,’ etc.”

From the hashtag raised the horrible statistics of the number of women tolerating domestic violence. Big Mountain Data found that the hashtags #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft (another hashtag used by women to tell about their brave decision to leave their abusers) on social and mainstream media between Sept. 8 and Dec. 1, 2014. The data counted 198,696 mentions of the hashtags during that snapshot of time. Most were on Twitter, followed by Facebook and mainstream news. Of the hashtagged posts, 85,687 were original posts (not retweets).

Also, this analysis found that the most common reason survivors gave for staying with an abusive partner was to keep the family together. The other reasons were love, fear to be left alone and a risk to be killed!

Note: If anyone of you is in an abusive relationship and needs help, write to us at We assure to keep your details private whilst helping you come out of it safely.

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