Thinking about domestic violence

With several disturbing domestic violence stories in Maine's newspapers over the past few weeks, this Village Voice article about how young people perceive the Rhianna-Chris Brown incident is worth a read. 

In the article, author Raquel Cepeda offers a thought-provoking quote from Elizabeth Mendez Berry, a New York City–based journalist who wrote "Love Hurts," about DV in the hip-hop community: "I think women are often socialized to empathize more with men than with other women," Mendez Berry says, referring to women's tendency to at least partially blame Rhianna's alleged infidelity for the violent incident. 

Mendez Berry also points out that only "two states, Texas and Rhode Island, have mandated educational programs around relationship abuse." Hmmmm. 

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