The Internet’s Reaction to Amber Heard’s Domestic Violence Case is Proof of Why More Victims Don’t Come Forward

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Earlier this week Amber Heard after filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, citing domestic abuse in her reason for needing a restraining order. The way the internet reacted was despicable.

Headlines from around the web included:

  • Johnny Depp: BLACKMAILED By Amber Heard?!
  • Johnny Depp ‘to give tell-all TV interview to prove he’s not a monster after abuse allegations’
  • ‘Amber’s a better actress than I thought’
  • Johnny Depp was manipulated, set up by Amber Heard
  • Lily-Rose Depp Defends ‘Loving’ Father Johnny Depp

Yes, that’s right: after coming forward as a survivor of domestic abuse, Amber Heard is being painted as a liar and a villain. And this is exactly why more victims don’t come forward in the first place.

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According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, only 34% of folks injured through domestic violence are medically treated and a 2012 article by Mic. stated that 70% of domestic violence cases go unreported.

But it’s not just domestic abuse that goes unnoticed. Women are also often afraid to report sexual harassment for fear of retribution. HBO’s Confirmation may have depicted events that occurred 30 years ago, but the themes still ring true for 2016.

This is disgusting and it needs to end. Let’s stand by Amber and by every survivor of domestic abuse. And let’s put an end to the shaming.

 

 

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