Janay Rice's revealing Instagram comes after many people on social media, as well as several media outlets, asked the question "Why did she marry him?" After seeing the video, many wondered how a woman could possibly stay with a man who would attack her so violently. Which, as writer Beverly Gooden points out, is victim blaming. "When I saw those tweets, my first reaction was shame. The same shame that I felt back when I was in a violent marriage," Gooden told Mic in an interview. "It's a sort of guilt that would make me crawl into a shell and remain silent. But today, for a reason I can't explain, I'd had enough. I knew I had an answer to everyone's question of why victims of violence stay. I can't speak for Janay Rice, I can only speak for me."
So Gooden created the hashtag #WhyIStayed in an effort to shed some light on the psychology of domestic abuse. She shared some of her own stories and asked others to join the conversation. The result: thousands of powerful tweets that show why it's so difficult for a victim to leave his or her abuser.