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Rihanna Assault Calls Attention to Teen Dating Violence

by Sabrin

The following is a Public Service Announcement from the Family Violence Prevention Fund:

For those of you who have not heard details about the assault, here is a brief summary:

Rihanna was involved in a domestic dispute with boyfriend Chris Brown last week that resulted in his arrest and booking on charges of making criminal threats. A police statement said the woman who reported the incident was injured, and identified Brown as her attacker. Charges have not yet been filed, and neither Brown nor Rihanna has come forth to comment on the incident. – Associated Press.

This unfortunate incident highlights how the problem of teen dating violence continues to plague our community and how important it is to educate ourselves so we can prevent these situations from occurring in the first place.

Teen dating violence in the South Asian community has continued to increase, and often times neither victims nor their friends know where to turn to or what to do. According to Maitri, a South Asian anti-violence organization in California, one in every three teen dating relationships is abusive.

Kerry Washington, a Board member of  V-day.org, an organization that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations, stated:

“This is a problem that spreads from the Congo to Hollywood,” she said. “When it happens to someone famous, it’s a tragedy that it happened, but what I hope is that people become less and less afraid to talk about how truly devastating this social illness is.”

I urge all of you to share your experiences and post your comments and thoughts on how we as a community can start putting an end to teen dating violence, whether it be through asking questions or being able to recognize when you or your friends are in a abusive relationship.

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