Local Teens React To Domestic Violence

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The Chris Brown and Rihanna domestic abuse case last month, has shed a bright spotlight on dating abuse in this country.

Young fans of the R&B couple are following this case and forming their own opinions, and surprisingly, many of them are harsher on the victim.

So, we wanted to know their thoughts on domestic or teen dating abuse.

These teens hear the rumors from entertainment websites and their friends, but never get a chance to read the police report.

Lynnette Taylor was enlightening by their feelings on domestic abuse and concerned about the mistruth that had them blaming the victim.

40 percent of young adults know someone who has been abused by a boyfriend.

In Lynnette's group of four, one of them currently has a friend in an abusive relationship.


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  • by cee Location: Maryland on Mar 26, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    A police report is always one-sided and NOT necessarily what happened or THE TRUTH. Take Mark Furman's glove. He was a police officer falsifying evidence. Rihanna is an angry, jealous, possessive female having all the characteristics of an female abuser, BUT, society wants to have sympathy for her (because she's female) and not for BROWN. Violence is a human behavior. Women go violent with males all the time. Girls are abusive to other girls as cheerleaders, girlscouts and sororities. AND LIE, never forget DUKE UNIVERSITY !
  • by Kelly Location: greenville on Mar 26, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    witn- is there an actual story here?
  • by Janelle on Mar 26, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    To Faith is Real...I couldn't have said it better myself! I, too, am a SURVIVOR of domestic abuse. I was in that situation for about 4 years before I got the courage to leave. And hard times DO await those that leave. I lived very comfortably before leaving, and I am now left to support 2 kids on my own. For all of the people that have been able to get out of those relationships before you weren't able, good for you! I give my props to each one of you. Domestic violence is not something that anyone deserves. We should not fear our lover.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Mar 26, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    I have a friend working in the DV area. A lot of these victims are repeat victims. They interpret violence as attention or love and go from one abuser to another. There are sometimes men in abused situations.
  • by Faith is Real Location: NY State on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:58 AM
    Most people who've endured domestic violence/domestic assault aren't able to get out of the relationship immediately because they've invested their time, emotions, finances, family, and community connections into the relationship. It's sooo easy for people looking at the situation to have so much to say about what you should/shouldn't do. But unfortunately, resources aren't appropriately set-up to totally aid the victims to get out and stay out. Legal orders are often viewed as insults by abusers, who then seek to retaliate or negotiate, only to then continue the abusiveness later on. I am a survivor of an alcoholic spouse's abuse, and have first hand experience with what happens to a family displaced, just by leaving. Families who escape should be followed-up to ensure that they are safe and thriving. Hard times await those who accomplish freedom from abuse...that's why it's hard to leave without awesome support systems.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Mar 26, 2009 at 05:05 AM
    This type of story is usually one sided. There are men who have suffered domestic violence. For some reason domestic violence against men makes it under the radar.
  • by Barbara Location: Beulaville NC on Mar 26, 2009 at 04:17 AM
    Domestic violence has not just started. So why are you saying it has taken the Chris Brown incendent to make teens aware of Domestic Violence?
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