Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Update on Chris Brown and Rihanna

There has been much discussion about domestic violence since Chris Brown allegedly attacked Rihanna. Oprah Winfrey, Jay Leno and others have dedicated shows to the topic, and the media frenzy that has surrounded the two celebrities since the incidents shows no signs of slowing.

What happened to Rihanna is unfortunate, but there is a silver lining to the situation which is that people are talking about domestic violence, one of the greatest atrocities affecting women in this country. For the most part, media commentators are condemning Chris Brown for his actions. However, there are still people out there who are willing to blame the victim. Not only is there blame for abuse (i.e. "She made him angry and therefore deserved to be hit) but there is also blame put on her for going back to him after the fact (i.e. "She should know better than to stay with a man who hits her").

First of all - it is never okay to hit someone else. This lesson was true in our kindergarten class rooms and it remains true through our entire adult life. There is never justification for physical abuse. Ever. Never. Ever.

Second - everyone is entitled to their own opinion about how Rihanna should handle her relationship, however it is ultimately up to her to do what she feels is right. There are some things you can do for someone in an abusive relationship (that may also encourage her to leave her abuser when she is ready). Reports will be periodically blogging about this case. Everyone here hopes for a safe outcome for Rihanna.

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