Chris Brown and the Importance of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and if you wonder why that’s really necessary, just look at some of the Tweets sent during the Grammy Awards last night:
What are we teaching — or not teaching — our daughters? Did they not see the pictures of Rihanna when Chris Brown did beat her?
I’m not going to go on a rant here because I think these Tweets speak for themselves. It’s time to wake up and make sure our girls understand that abuse is not okay. They need to realize that abusers can be cute — some can even sing and dance — but they’re still abusers. There’s nothing cute about what they’re doing.
Buy a copy of Tornado Warning: The Effect of Teen Dating Violence on a Woman’s Life by Elin Stebbins Waldal, founder of Girls kNOw More, and read it with your teenagers. Show them the warning signs and statistics.
Let’s prepare our girls for a world in which abusers still win awards.