From the moment singer Chris Brown allegedly beat his girlfriend, Rihanna, on the eve of the Grammy Awards, America has been shocked and polarized by the story. And how could Rihanna even think about going back to him after what appeared to be such a brutal beating? Megan says Kurt has beaten her, choked her, thrown her against walls, and as if that weren’t enough, Megan’s little boy is stuck in the middle. Breaking Free Jayne says she put up with abuse for years and years, until a knife to the throat made her say, “Enough is enough.” Follow her harrowing journey to the moment she decided to put some distance between herself and her violent relationship. I was choked until I was nearly unconscious, punched … A Life of Abuse The relationship between Megan and Kurt has been on-and-off-again for eight years, but the anger and violence has been consistently on. The decisions you make TODAY will guide you to become a vibrant, self-reliant, happy, and successful woman in years to come.
The CDC describes it as “an ideal time to promote healthy relationships and prevent patterns of dating violence that can last into adulthood” (9).
While it may be more obvious that hitting or beating are abusive behaviors, we need to teach our kids and teens that there’s more to an unhealthy relationship than just physical scars and bruises.
Funding: Hawai`i Alliance for Community Health; Hawai`i County Council Members Ilagan & Yoshimoto; Hawai`i State Commission on the Status of Women.
Video credits: Hawai`i State Department of Health, Sexual Violence Prevention Program; Sexual Violence Prevention Committee—East Hawai`i Community Action Team, Hilo High School—Performing Arts Learning Center; Hawai`i Youth Business Center; Grassroots Community Development Group; Na Leo ‘O Hawai`i, Inc.; The Wave 92.7FM; Hawai`i Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.
Regardless of the emotions you are feeling, it is important to think about how you will act so that you can have a healthy break-up.