Kasandra Perkins, 4 Other Women, Murdered

By know you’ve heard or read, NFL player Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins  Sunday morning and then killed himself. What you may not have heard or read are the other stories in the past month, of men who killed women and then themselves, and one story from September. In November, a man in Ohio killed his wife,  and men in North Carolina and Maine shot and killed their estranged wives. All three men committed suicide. And in September, another Chiefs employee killed his on-again, off-again girlfriend before killing himself. These are just the murder-suicide stories that turned up in a Google search. Statistics tell us more women were murdered by the men in their lives in that time period.

According to Bureau of Justice Statistics, in the United States, on average, more than three women a day are killed by their intimate partners. Black women ages 25 to 29 are  11 times as likely as white women in that age group to be killed when pregnant or in the year after childbirth. Perkins and Belcher had a three-month old daughter together.

A Google news search this morning for Jovan Belcher turns up 905,000 results. A search for Kasandra Perkins turns up 41,800.  Because he was an NFL player, Belcher generates headlines, and theories, on what happened. Some have posited Belcher’s actions were  the result of head trauma, lack of gun control, an argument, and sadly, but not surprising, Perkins. But the fact is, this was an act of domestic violence.

Belcher’s fame will continue to generate coverage and discussion of this story. That’s a good thing for raising awareness about the epidemic that is domestic violence. But it is critical that we focus on the issue, not just inside the NFL, but all across our population; that we remember the victims, and not just the famous names involved; and that we are clear that a concussion,  a late night at a concert, even a gun (although guns make violence more accessible), aren’t the reasons Perkins died. Domestic violence is the reason she died.

Prayers for all involved.






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4 comments for “Kasandra Perkins, 4 Other Women, Murdered

  1. December 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Well Said.

    It doesn’t matter a damn who this man was. He is now a murderer.

    Thank you for bringing awareness to this HUGE EPIDEMIC. X

    • December 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Together we can all make a difference I hope.

  2. Hari B.
    December 7, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Thanks for this–it can’t be said often enough that men murder womyn on a frighteningly regular basis (not just husbands/exes, also men who are strangers or solely acquaintances of the the womyn they murder). We need it said often, so people begin to understand that men-mudering-womyn is a massive problem within our society; the news is an indicator of a problem that originates with the misogyny of society.

    But there is one correction I have to offer: the story about Kasandra Perkins’ murder by her male partner is not a story of “domestic violence”. It is a story about intimate-male-partner violence. The term ‘domestic violence’ blurs the truth, and fails to name the perpetrators as well as the victims–we have this blurry term even though it’s well-known by now that the vast majority of perpetrators are men, and the vast majority of victims are womyn. Unless we speak the truth clearly, we will not be able to show that this is a social problem rooted in misogyny. And unless we show that, we have little hope of creating change in our misogynistic society, and ending men’s siege against womyn.

    • December 7, 2012 at 6:35 am

      Thank you for weighing in Hari B. How do you define domestic violence and intimate partner violence?

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