Our values and our character have clearly been screwed up. We’ve got work to do folks, and it may be an uphill battle. As Powerful Words Member Schools are talking about confidence this month, we have to look at all contributors for their lack of self worth, low self esteem, and lack of regard for women’s bodies on all sides.
Singer Rihanna has been in the news lately because her boyfriend, Chris Brown, (allegedly) assaulted her in February. Rihanna reported him and admitted to past assaults only to grant him continuance and refrain from issuing a restraint order. What does this say to our children and teens about relationships? About values? About the importance of body safety?
Well, here it is folks. In the Boston paper today, the results of a survey tells us that almost half of the Boston teenagers interviewed in a poll by Boston Public Health Commission said pop star Rihanna was responsible for her own beating. Yuck. Celebrities have to watch what they say and do when it comes to kids. They have influence!
Who? Teens ages 12-19
- Almost 50% of the 200 teens interviewed felt Rihanna was responsible for the assault
- 71% claimed that arguing was a normal part of a relationship;
- 44% claimed that fighting was a routine occurrence in relationships.
The issue? Teens have somehow gotten used to or desensitized to domestic violence. Perhaps they’ve seen too much “reality” on TV. Perhaps they’ve been exposed to too much arguing and physical arguing. Perhaps our teen’s values need an overhaul. Oh boy, more work.
Please give your feedback– it’s time to start some important conversations here. Don’t wait. Do it today.