Dating violence and abuse skits


In January, the Illusion Theater, a Minneapolis theater group that addresses social issues, presented its latest play, "Talk It Out," to 250 employees of a suburban electronics firm.In one scene, a football quarterback admits he beat his girlfriend because she wanted to break up."We have more success with men who have shorter histories of abuse toward women.

Dating violence and abuse skits

Music in background during announcement ABUSER: Who you calling? One of the guys confronts the abuser GUY 1: Yo, why you talkin’ to her like that? A second guy confronts the abuser GUY 2: Yeah, why do you think you can tell her what to do? Stand up to him -- tell him that it’s wrong and that you won’t respect him — unless he respects her. The girl addresses her boyfriend GIRL: I’m calling my girls. Enraged, the abuser addresses the girl ABUSER: I tell you when you can go. One of the guys confronts the abuser GUY 1: Yo, why you talkin’ to her like that? A second guy confronts the abuser GUY 2: Yeah, why do you think you can tell her what to do?

The girl addresses her boyfriend GIRL: I’m calling my girls. Enraged, the abuser addresses the girl ABUSER: Who d’you think you’re talking to like that? A third guy confronts the abuser GUY 3: What if someone treated your mother or sister like that? ANNOUNCER: Being a real man isn’t about controlling and abusing women. If you’re controlling or abusing your girlfriend — emotionally, physically or sexually — stop it.

At least 1 in 8 teenage relationships involves abuse, according to the Dating Violence Intervention Project in Cambridge, Mass.

And in a poll by Children Now, 15 percent of girls between 14 and 17 said a boyfriend had tried to force them to have sex.

Reverend Peterson encourages girls to be more assertive and to understand that their bodies are their own.