Since none of us are in her shoes was have to give Janay Rice the benefit of doubt in judging her choice to stay with and marry Ray Rice. Everyone makes mistakes and deserve second chances, the fact she chose to give Ray Rice should only be judge in the best light.
Yes, it is ultimately Janay Rice's decision to stay or leave. She has gone on record stating that the man that night was not the man she knew. We do not know if he was under the influence of medication or drugs. Regardless of the reason for the attack, Ray Rice will spend the rest of his life proving to the world that the man in the video was not him and will ultimately become a better husband and father.
I understand how hard it can be to break away from an abuser especiall when they claim they love you, but it was obvious from that video that this was not the first time that he has laid his hands on her and I firmly believe that it won't be the last.
Janay RIce is a horrible role model for abused women. She chose money and security over her own safety. Ray Rice will continue to abuse her and eventually she will either leave him or die. Then she will expect the legal system to punish him, eventhough she did not have enough self-respect to help herself.