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Boston Kids Are Misguided, Blame Rihanna For Her Attack

According to a new survey of Boston teens, it’s Rihanna’s fault that Chris Brown beat her!
Come again?!
Survey says that of 200 Boston kids aged 12-19 questioned, “51% believe Chris Brown was responsible for the incident, 46% believe Rihanna was responsible, and 52% said both were to blame; 52% said the media was treating Brown unfairly; 44% said fighting was a normal part of a relationship.”
Not only that, but a “significant” number said that “Rihanna was destroying Chris Brown├óΓé¼Γäós career” and just as many women as men placed the blame on Rihanna.
How sad!
Casey Corcoran, director of the commission├óΓé¼Γäós Start Strong initiative, which conducted the survey, said, “The story of Chris Brown and Rihanna may have happened 3,000 miles away, but it is very much a Boston story. We do know that teen dating violence or intimate partner violence cuts across all cultures, classes, genders.”
Experts surmise that young people’s sympathy toward Brown may be a result of the “normalization of violence” in pop culture.
Collins-Gousby of Casa Myrna-Vazquez, a Boston-based anti-violence organization, said, “[Chris Brown] is or had been promoted as the kid next door, he was familiar and likeable. Among teens, I think their first reaction was, well, what did she do to deserve a beating that significant?”
But Corcoran also sees the incident as “an opportunity to have this conversation with the young people in our lives.”
So parents, talk to your kids!!!!!!!!!
[Image via WENN.]

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