By Ann Rose Greenberg, JWI Marketing Coordinator
Though one in four women will be a victim of abuse in her lifetime, the issue doesn’t often rise to the surface in mainstream media. Just a glance at the twitter reaction to Chris Brown at this year’s Grammys shows us that more pop-culture coverage of violence against women is sorely needed. So I was thrilled to see that this week’s episode of Glee – a show with more than 6 million viewers – stepped up and confronted the issue. Let’s talk about what they got right, and what else is important for you to know.
As Glee portrayed abuse…
- It can happen to anyone: Your friend, your sister, your high school football coach.
- After violent incidents, the abuser is often remorseful and apologetic.
- “But I love him,” is one of the most common reasons for staying in an abusive relationship; feeling that no one else will ever love you in another common tether.
- It often takes more than one attempt before a woman leaves for good.
More important things to know…
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE.
- The most dangerous time for an abused woman is right after she leaves. Murder and assault rates are much higher at this point.
- While moral support is very important, if someone confides in you that she is being abused, you should refer her to a trained professional who will know how to guide her out of her relationship safely.
- JWI has online resources to help you learn the facts about violence, find services, and understand the legal issues and protections available to domestic abuse victims.
I’m curious to see if they’ll extend this story line and how it will all play out. I hope Coach Beiste ends up in a safe situation. And to end on an empowering note, here’s the song the girls sang to show Coach Beiste their support: