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Violence against women needs action

Originally Published: November 30, 2011
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

As someone who has followed sport and social issues for more than four decades, I know the power of sport to heal communities, effect positive social change and bring people together. I know, too, that sport has been a powerful way to expose the general public to problems rarely discussed openly in our society.

Basketball star Len Bias' overdose death in 1986, for example, rallied the nation to the war on drugs; the criminal courts closed down on cocaine dealers, especially when crack ...

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