Meanwhile, the critics—there are more than 1,400 comments on the piece so far—who weren’t busy assailing Lewkowicz’s journalism ethics instead accosted Maggie. Time’s comments section features a rousing reprise of “blame the victim,” from insisting that Maggie should have seen it coming and left her boyfriend, to accusing her of liking it, to calling it punishment for cheating on her estranged husband.

Which means there’s one thing all the critics seem to agree on: The only adult in the house not responsible for the violence is the man committing it.

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Jina Moore was a 2013 New Media Fellow of the International Reporting Project