More than a Myth

by Dawn Tedcastle - Monday, March 31st, 2014
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Domestic abuse is more than a myth:

  • Over half of young women aged 18-21 reported experiencing at least one abusive incident from a boyfriend, husband or partner in a 2009 Refuge and YouGov survey
  • 2009 research by Bristol University and the NSPCC showed that 27% of teenage girls aged 13-17 had experienced sexual violence in their relationships
  • A 2005 NSPCC and Sugar magazine survey showed that 40% of teenage girls would consider giving their boyfriend another chance if he hit them, and one third said that cheating justified the use of violence
  • 1 in 6 men experience domestic abuse
  • 7.5% of men aged 16-19 were victims of domestic abuse and 3.6% were victims of partner abuse

So when we were approached by Megan Crisp from LIPA about the possibility of hosting a piece of educational theatre to highlight the issues amongst our students we were happy to accept.

 Megan Crisp talking about domestic abuse

An audience of about 40 students and staff watched Megan’s performance and had the opportunity to discuss abusive behaviour and how to get help when affected by it.

Education and Curriculum Manager Anne Kinsella said ¬Å“It is important that the College highlights the issues around abuse and is supportive of the students that find themselves in abusive relationships. Megan’s performance was thought provoking and encouraged open discussion about a taboo subject¬Â.

Further information about More Than a Myth including upcoming performances is available on Facebook – More than a Myth and Twitter – @morethanamyth14