Chris Brown’s recent appearance on the Grammy’s, and the subsequent release of two collaborative tracks featuring Chris Brown and Rihanna, have sparked new conversation about the incident of abuse that happened 3 years ago. We are encouraging everyone to talk to the young people in their lives about the Chris Brown and Rihanna case for two reasons.
To begin with, most young people are aware of the situation and hold a lot of misconceptions about what happened (and about dating violence in general, for that matter). Take this opportunity to make sure they have the facts and aren’t harboring false “reasons” for why the incident occurred or false understandings of the severity of this case and of dating violence in general.
Additionally, teens are at high risk for experiencing dating violence — a staggering 1 in 3 adolescent girls in the U.S. is a victim of abuse by their dating partner. And yet nearly three-quarters of teens indicate that their parents have not talked to them about relationships in the past year.
So if you decide to use these new songs as an opportunity to talk to a young person about dating violence, here are some questions & conversation starters to help you out: