No One is Above Abuse

No One is Above Abuse

In the aftermath of the events these past few weeks, it’s important to remember that no one is above abuse.

Dating abuse happens across race, gender, wealth and background. No matter if someone is a famous athlete or a person in your class, there’s no way to predict if someone will or will not be an abuser or involved in an abusive relationship.

That’s why it’s so important to learn the warning signs and what to do if you or someone you know find yourself in an unhealthy relationship.

By now you’ve probably heard about what happened in South Africa at the home of paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius.

If you’re unfamiliar with the name, here’s a quick overview:

Pistorius rose to fame last summer in London as the first amputee to compete in the Summer Olympics.

He’s now back in the headlines as the only suspect in the murder of his girlfriend, Reena Steenkamp, which happened early Valentine’s Day morning.

Neighbors say they heard fighting for hours the night of the incident and other reports suggest the two might have been fighting over a text message Reeva received from another male athlete.

While it is too early to say what actually happened that night between the two of them, if there was an argument about a text message just know that checking your texts, Facebook or email, forcing you to share information and jealously are all signs of abuse. No matter if it leads to physical violence or not.

In a healthy relationship there are boundaries that should be respected by both people and you deserve your personal privacy.

We are still in teenDVmonth and if the events that took place this past weekend were in fact a result of dating violence, they serve as a dark reminder of the need to continue spreading awareness about dating violence and start conversations about healthy relationships.

No one—celebrity or otherwise—gets a free pass when it comes to abuse. It’s a choice someone makes and always has the ability to choose not to.

Start the conversation!

If you need some help getting started check out teenDVmonth.org or www.loveisrespect.org for ways to help spread awareness.

If you or someone you know is in an unhealthy relationship but is worried about hurting someone’s reputation, call, text or chat us. We are here 24/7 to talk. No one’s reputation is ever worth abuse.

 

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