Domestic Violence in Social Media

Domestic Violence is described as being abusive towards your partner. If you are a human being worth your salt then you know better than to put your hands on your significant other in an angry manner. However, some people are not aware that abuse is something that no one should have to go through. Unfortunately, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men are victims of severe domestic violence and that is not okay.

Domestic Violence is commonly seen in popular media from instances like the Joker and Harley Quinn to countless athletes and celebrities. Instances like this are often swept under the rug, to conserve the career of the abuser. My question is: Why does the attacker get this courtesy? In social media, especially on tumblr and in the finsta community, choking and BDSM is very mainstream. This leads to a very skewed opinion of violence in a relationship. Many people think that violence is okay in small doses, and if your partner apologizes and says they are never going to do it again then they won't. But that is not true, people can change; however, you don't want to put yourself in a position where you can be hurt. A relationship is built on trust and love, and for someone to take your love and return violence is the ultimate betrayal. Seeing this made light of in social and popular media can be very destructive to the victim. Often times people tell victims of domestic violence that this is part of a relationship and if you are able to push past this then the rest should be smooth sailing. 

There are too many people who have died in these types of situations because they thought that they would be safe with their significant other. If your partner is willing to put their hands on you then they shouldn't be your partner. No one should be scared of the person that they are sharing themselves with. Some stoic messages have been seen on social media to what happens to people in these situations, and while many people tend to sympathize and relate there is still an overwhelming amount of people that get into these situations and don't see the signs. The media often portrays women as the victims when anyone can be a victim of domestic violence.

People move on too quickly from these cases of domestic violence too. XXXtentacion was still making music and very popular even after he beat his pregnant girlfriend. The reports are online to read, but what she said he did to her was too crazy for someone to just be making up. Chris Brown, Mike Tyson, and countless other celebrities still have our support although we know that they have battered their partners. Why is this? America continues to support rapists, pedophiles, and abusers, yet we beg for change. The #MeToo movement and --not so popular-- #Itakeastand movement encourage victims of domestic abuse to speak out. Domestic abuse needs to stop being popularized in the media. Think about honestly, you wouldn't want anything to happen to anyone you know, and personally, I don't want it to happen to anyone at all. So guys, let's support good people who aren't racist and don't do bad stuff to people.