Violence against women is a very serious issue and should not be taken lightly. Every year, we see the high figures and stats relating to gender violence which really worry public authorities.
And as if this social scourge isn’t enough, we’re now hearing about a famous English professional boxer who recently filmed a video of himself advising men on how to hit their wives and partners.
This boxer was none other than Billy Joe Saunders, world champion in the WBO (World Boxing Organisation) middleweight division, and the 30-year-old boxer’s video really shocked people on social media.
The video, showing the boxer in a hoodie with a punching bag, has since received lots of criticism on social media after it quickly went viral. In the video, the man explains, quite aggressively, how to assault wives and partners during the current coronavirus lockdown.
In the video, he describes how to 'hit her on the chin’ and also gives advice on how to ‘finish her off’, demonstrating with his punching bag which he pretends is a woman.
This shocking footage was shared by Billy himself on his account, although two minutes later, he took the video down. However, a user by the name of @Round5R then posted it on Twitter to call him out for his serious comments.
The video which has since been viewed hundreds of times and has received several comments has led to the boxer publicly apologising, saying
I would never condone domestic violence and if I saw a man touch a woman I would smash him to pieces myself.
But internet users believe that his apology is very forced and scripted as if his managers and agents had forced him to do so. There should be zero tolerance for domestic violence!
We should all fight against this scourge that year after year is responsible for an incredibly high number of lost lives. Women are equal and don’t deserve to suffer any form of violence.
For support for yourself or a loved one you can contact:
- UK: National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
- America: National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-(800) 799-7233