A 17-year-old walked into a Maryland high school with the intention of killing his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend. They called the attempted murderer a “lovesick teen.” This is not the first time it happens and it is unfortunately not the last.
Approximately every 6 days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.
When are we going to start protecting women and girls?
This type of violence is what happens when you neglect to teach boys that the object of their affection isn’t their property. This is textbook domestic violence. Its root lies in the belief that women – or girls in this case – are not entitled to the right of choice over their own bodies.
Every time we refer to a murderer as a lovesick boy or man, we are sending a message to women and young girls everywhere: “don’t be the girl who drives the boy crazy or you will wind up dead.
Women die at the hands of ‘jilted’ men at an alarming rate all over the world.
Let’s teach children that people they like are not objects to be won or owned. We all think that this isn’t going to be our child, but it’s obvious that we have to teach this or they will learn entitlement from idiots on social media and in the media.
According to statistics for 1 in 5 women who ever experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, the first experience of some form of partner violence happened between 11 and 17 years of age. Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.