Many teen girls are suffering domestic violence in silence while being slapped, punched, harassed and threatened by boys who want to control them. Many girls make excuses, either to protect the boy or to justify his actions: “If I had done what he told me, he wouldn’t have hit me”, “He’s been having a tough time and he took it out on me”, “Sometimes I keep talking after he tells me to shut up”, “He didn’t mean to hurt me” and the list of excuses goes on.
Statistics reveal that girls raised without a father are at risk to engage in early sexual activity, experience teen pregnancy, battle with depression and seek attention from boys (or men). Boys without a male influence tend to have anger issues and display physical violence in their dating relationships.
Take action now: SPEAK UP and SPEAK OUT against any form of violence or bullying. The leading cause of death for African American women ages 15 to 45 is murder at the hands of a partner. Meditation verse: “Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will listen to their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so people can no longer terrify them.” (Psalm 10:17-18)