While I have issues with the psychologist interviewed in the beginning of the tape and "Battered Women's Syndrome" as a diagnosis, that is fodder for another post. This was one of the better media presentations of the story. With this very public battering, victim-blaming and criticism are running rampant throughout the blogosphere. It is disheartening to realize how little progress we have made in raising awareness over the years. Maybe it is cyclical, I'm not sure. I personally am seeing more and more young people who are subject to attitudes and actions that I had hoped were diminishing as we became enlightened as a society.
Rather than questioning or attempting to analyse her behavior, the focus should be on his.
The Chicago Tribune interviewed teens about the Rihanna and Chris Brown incident and found that many of them, including many of the girls, blamed Rihanna for what went down, and also acted as if violence in teen relationships is normal and acceptable.
While morbid curiosity hones the general public's focus on the issue, advocates need to seize this newest flash-in-the-pan opportunity to educate young people. There are many models and curriculums available for in-school programs regarding dating violence. It may be time to dust them off and renew our efforts in empowering young women and keeping them safe.
Michigan DHS Dating Violence Educational Curriculum