Terrence & Rocsi share tips on how to save yourself and others from rape, gun violence and abuse
Of course real life is not a music video, but the issues raised by Rihanna's controversial new clip for the song "Man Down" have sparked some important conversations within the 106 Nation. Maybe that's what Rihanna had in mind when she tweeted that her video had "a very strong underlying message 4 girls like me."
First things first: All 106 & Park fans need to know that there are ways to handle sexual violence and relationship abuse without resorting to violence. We all need to "man up" and increase the peace. That means learning strategies for peaceful conflict resolution, and do whatever it takes to break the cycle of violence in our lives and our communities.
If you are a victim of sexual, physical or verbal abuse, understand that you are not alone. One out of four teenage girls have been pressured into sex. For help and support with issues around sexual assault, there are lot of great websites to visit like Safe Horizons, RAINN and JustYellFire. Remember that knowledge is power.
Being sexually assualted is not the only type of abuse that happens in relationships. If you are not sure whether you're in an unhealthy relationship, see the below tips and compare them to your situation. Constant put-downs, false accusations, mood swings and temper tantrums should not be part of loving relationships.
Get more relationship abuse facts and help from BreakTheCycle.org or call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 866-331-9474. Also visit LoveIsRespect.org to learn how to get invloved with relationship abuse prevention.
Bottom Line: If you are the victim of sexual violence or relationship abuse in any form, retaliating with more violence is not the way to work out your situation.