Written by Janelle Guild.
Written by Emmanuel Kwaning from Uplift Community High School.
Love is great yet dangerous,
Love is needed but should not be abused,
Love is tempting but controlling,
Love is kind but deadly,
Love is responsibility but careless,
Love is family but with no support,
Love is friendly but chaotic,
Teen domestic violence (TDV) is not a major concern of most, but it should be. Teens who experience violence in their relationship need to be noticed because they are in physical danger and going through an emotional roller coaster. It is common that teens promise not to tell anyone about the abuse, which can make the situation worse. Be aware, look for signs, and pay attention to the teens in your life.
What would the world look like without domestic violence?
Will it be euphoria?
Will it be tranquil?
Or will it never change?
Hitting, punching, slapping hurts
Derogatory words hurt
Would you care if someone hurt you?
Would you care if someone hurt your mother,
grandmother, father, sister or brother?
How would you stop it?
What would you do to end the abuse?
Don’t you want it to end?
The world would be a better place
On Saturday March 29th, students from around the city came together to talk about health, education, jobs, juvenile justice and technology. What was also on the mind of participants, like everyone else in Chicago, was the horrific winter we have been having. Students spent a little time making memes to vent about some of the effects of this awful weather. Here’s our favorite:
Domestic, dating, and sexual violence are costly and pervasive problems in this country. The violence causes victims, as well as witnesses and bystanders, to suffer pain and loss in every community. Partner violence shatters the sense of well-being that allows people to thrive. Teens who are being abused are more likely to smoke, use drugs, engage in unhealthy diet behaviors, engage in risky sexual behaviors, and attempt or consider suicide. But I believe there is HOPE. We can change and become better.