Domestic abuse in the spotlight with #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft hashtag campaigns

The release of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his subsequent indefinite suspension from the NFL for domestic abuse has set off a firestorm of reactions on social media.

His wife, Janay Rice, is strongly defending her husband on Instagram.  Some observers are questioning why she stayed with Rice and still married him after the violent attack.

Writer Beverly Gooden, herself a domestic abuse survivor, remembers the guilt and shame she felt for staying in an abusive relationship. She decided to take to Twitter to sound off on why she stayed and why she eventually left her abusive relationship. Gooden hopes to raise awareness about the complex issues surrounding domestic abuse.

Domestic violence survivors are sounding off with two hashtag campaigns, #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft.

The dual hashtag campaigns have quickly gone viral and have become trending topics on Twitter.

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