And here at Crispus Attucks, students are taking that message to heart.“It’s important because adults can say it and they’re going to shrug it off like OK, but it’s easier to hear it coming from peers and it sinks in more than it does when adults say it,” said club member Dakiya Jenkins.Outside the home, your chances of being attacked or killed are much higher if you’re a man.
“It make me feel like I can actually do something and make a change.” February also happens to be teen domestic violence/dating violence awareness month.
However – and this is the part that gets overlooked – almost twice as many men than women are the victims of violence.
While as a society we rightly give lots of attention to protecting women against violence, from warnings about predatory cab drivers to reports on women’s refuges, from the understanding that it’s wrong to hit a woman to walking women home, very little seems to be being done to protect men, or to dissuade anyone from the idea that it’s also wrong to hit a man. In discussions of domestic violence, it is often noted with alarm that women are killed at a rate of two per week, by usually male partners or ex-partners.
“It happens a lot in the community and people try to ignore it and act like it’s not there when it really is,” said Jenkins.
And it's something students are taking seriously- young women and young men- learning important lessons along the way.
But because this is a 'private' issue, a 'family matter,' people don't talk about it." In an effort to topple that taboo, Good pulled together a slew of surprising statistics on the subject — and the data is eye-opening.