Monday, April 13, 2009


The unpleasant episode in the lives of the popular singers nineteen-year-old Chris Brown and 21-year-old Robyn Rihanna Fenty has left fans in shock.

The images of both the stars stand tarnished. Chris Brown went from a pop star to a prison inmate and Rihanna from a cover girl to a poster child for domestic violence.

Brown attacked Rihanna, during a roadside dispute in his rented sports car, Lamborghini last February. The two got into a fight when Rihanna found a text message from another woman on Brown's phone. Brown shoved Rihanna's head against the passenger window, repeatedly punched her in the face, bit her ear and finger, and put her into a headlock and told Rihanna, "I'm going to kill you."

A photograph of Rihanna’s battered face, hours after the incident, with welts, scratches, bruises and swelling on her face was posted on a US gossip website which purported to show the Barbadian star in the was leaked onto the Internet.

Rihanna confessed that she had suffered from such treatment for a long time.

This incident is the latest buzz among teens and has brought out a lot of relationship issues from under the carpet.

Youngsters are now pondering over what they would do if they were victims of abuse, physical or mental.

It's high time to stop all this, and treat your partner as equals.

Dating violence is a recent add on to the dating scene, and is causing quite a stir. It is not unheard of. It’s just that most of us don’t give it due attention.

Some girls practically behave like slaves to their boyfriends. Hundreds of thousands of teens will continue to quietly hide their own bruises and tears, inflicted by boyfriends or girlfriends. It's easy to confuse manipulation, intimidation and emotional abuse for passion.

The victim often does not move away from or leave the abuser (Rihanna is still with Chris). This is scary. They can still get hurt.

Fight against dating violence and abuse and keep teens safe. Take a stand and create awareness among teens.

In a world of Cinderella myths, couples fall in love at first sight and jealousy is often interpreted as proof of deep love.

Occasional arguments are one thing. But regular manipulation, emotional abuse and violence can spiral from mental distress to physical harm.

One red flag is a warning. Several mean you need help. Watch out for the key warning signals
when your boyfriend or girlfriend:

• Belittles you and makes you feel bad.

• Tries to control where you go, what you wear or what you do

• Exhibits signs of extreme jealousy or possessiveness

• Frightens or intimidates you

• Threatens harm if you decide to end the relationship

• Isolates you from your friends and family

• Has broken or thrown something at you in anger

• Has ever hit, slapped, shoved or kicked you, or forced you to have sex

It is better to be aware of all these in any relationship right from the beginning so that timely intervention will keep you out of danger.

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