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By Sarah DeCosta-Marsland
When I heard that Eminem had released a song featuring Rhianna that dealt directly with the topic of domestic violence, my first reaction was confusion. Eminem is almost as famous for his violent relationship with his ex wife as he is for his music, and Rhianna’s abuse at the hands of Chris Brown became tabloid fodder for months. In the past, Eminem’s only songs about this issue have been raging rants peppered with threats toward his ex. He famously wrote and recorded one of the most violently disturbing songs I have ever heard, in which he screams about terrorizing and killing her. He named the song after her, “Kim,” and uses her name and their daughter’s name right in the lyrics. I wanted to quote part of it, but it is so full of obscenities that I couldn’t. Suffice it to say that he threatens to “beat” her, sings about stuffing her in the trunk and the song ends with him screaming at her to “bleed” while there are choking sounds in the background.
WJAR TV Channel 10 is running feature stories every Friday throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The first featured Victor Rivas Rivers, who came to Rhode Island to support the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center. The feature stories run Fridays on the 5 o'clock news.
If you miss it, don't worry! Channel 10 has also devoted a microsite to run all of the video feature stories.
By Sara Molinaro
If you saw the Patriots’ awesome overtime win against Baltimore this Sunday, you might have been confused about why the players were wearing pink cleats, gloves, sweatbands and towels. But chances are that you weren’t confused. Anyone who’s not living under a rock knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and everyone from the NFL to Cuisinart has jumped on the pink bandwagon.
By Lucy Rios
“Bullying is a particularly cruel and vicious form of abuse that does great damage to its victims, sometimes with disastrous results,” Attorney General Patrick Lynch said in a statement, “Bullies are especially at risk for ending up in our criminal justice system.”
By Sheila Johnson
The cover of the August 9, 2010 issue of Time magazine carries a photograph of a young woman whose nose and ears were chopped off by her brother-in-law, while her husband stood by and watched. The men are Taliban members and this is why Bibi Aisha made the news.
Every year, 1,095 American women are murdered by an intimate partner. Unlike Bibi, Rhode Island women who are raped, beaten, tortured, and even killed by their husbands and boyfriends do not make the cover of Time. I was curious if domestic violence issues had ever made the cover of Time before, and in what context and circumstances. I did some informal research, and what I found didn't surprise me.