The Rihanna and Chris Brown story has inspired a online public service announcement (from about dating violence amongst teens. The PSA closes with the statistic that one in three teenagers is abused in a relationship and promotes free bracelets — one blue, two black — that spread awareness about dating abuse. also spoke on the choice to use white actors:

The organization used white actors on purpose to shift the conversation away from the celebrity singers.

“The public is very focused right now on Chris and Rihanna,” she said. “I think people need to realize that this is an issue that goes beyond those particular people, and it affects everybody of every race. And so we wanted this to not be an exact re-enactment. We wanted instead to say: Could this be you?”

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Click here for Kevin Powell’s 7 Steps For Ending Violence Against Women.

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