stop abuseAccording to the CDC, one in four teens will experience dating abuse during this coming year.

Fifty-two percent of college women know someone who has been the victim of dating abuse (including physical, sexual, verbal, controlling and even digital abuse) according to the Liz Claiborne Inc. 2011 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll.

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If we know the signs of dating abuse, then we can recognize it when we, or a friend or family member, experiences it. If we feel comfortable talking about healthy relationships, then we will be empowered to be respectful partners and speak out when things aren’t right. If we know what resources are available, then we can guide a friend or even ourselves to help if and when we need it.

–“I don’t know why Rihanna complained, Chris Brown could beat me anytime he wanted to.”

This Tweet and similar others circulated in the days following Sunday’s Grammy Awards, where Chris Brown, known primarily as a singer and secondarily as the allegedly abusive ex-boyfriend of pop star Rihanna, performed twice during the two-hour show. His appearance came in the middle of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

The flippant responses to Brown’s appearance — from other artists, from the Grammy Foundation, which does extensive outreach work with youth, and from young people across social media platforms — were especially jarring considering statistics showing that 1.5 million high school students will be abused by a dating partner in the Unite States this year

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