Dating violence amoungst teens
Durriyyah Anderson works with teens at the Yates Center."They're not even necessarily aware at times of what an abusive relationship looks like. If something is normal to you, then you will go out and repeat what is normal to you," said Anderson.
UMKC senior Jamie Powell is the president of the Multicultural Student Organization.
While young fans have plastered Rihanna's My Space page with notes of support, many comments on Brown's page express delight at the possibility that he battered a woman.
Kriana Jackson, a sophomore at Sullivan, said it's a sign of a broader culture of acceptance of abuse."There was a girl at school this week with a scratch on her eye," Jackson said.
The abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual, and it's a growing concern among teens.
We need to take it to scale, to make sure it's happening in every community."Details of the incident between singers Brown and Rihanna are fuzzy, but the story continues to create much buzz among teens across the Chicago area.Loos said his law teacher at Lake Forest recently incorporated the story into class. -- Dating violence is intimate partner violence that occurs between two people in a close relationship.The Chicago-based group Between Friends is among the non-profit organizations that go into schools to teach students about the signs of abusive control, why it's wrong and how to cultivate heathy relationships."When we first get there, it's not unusual for kids—both boys and girls—to say it's OK to hit your girlfriend or boyfriend," said Kathy Doherty, the organization's executive director."By the time we're done, they say, yes, it is abuse, and, no, we shouldn't do that."As Doherty and others work to expand such programming, they hope teachers, parents and others use the story about Brown and Rihanna to talk to teens about dating violence.