Gator’s Wide Receiver Will Not Face Prosecution

About two weeks ago, Chris Rainey, wide receiver for the University of Florida Gators, was charged with aggravated stalking. Aggravated stalking is a third degree felony. Today, the state’s attorney reduced Rainey’s charges to a misdemeanor. You can read more of the nitty gritty details here.

This case had a lot of potential for setting a precedent in our community on how we will address dating violence. Bummer.


Love the Way You Lie Revisited

The blog, The Last Psychiatrist, wrote a very thought provoking critique of Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie”. In it, the author focuses on if the relationship is truly about domestic violence or more about obsession, unhealthy ideas/attitudes and social norms. I have many thoughts and comments to make regarding the critique, but would much rather hear yours. How do you feel about The Last Psychiatrist’s take on “Love the Way You Lie”?

If you haven’t already, take a peek at the video for “Love the Way You Lie”:

Teachable Moments in Media

Several weeks ago, we mentioned the latest Mel Gibson incident with ex-girlfriend and baby mama, Oksana Grigorieva. Following the incident and news coverage, Jackson Katz wrote a great article on teachable moments in the media. I love this way of thinking; the media is full of case studies and examples of dating violence, abuse, and root causes of intimate partner violence. Take a gander at Katz’s article here. Can you think of other teachable moments the media and popular culture has provided for us?

Gators’ wide receiver arrested for aggravated stalking

University of Florida wide receiver, Chris Rainey, was arrested for aggravated stalking Monday. You can read more at the Gainesville Sun. Unforuntately, dating violence is a situation that many young women on college campuses face every day. Stalking, especially using technology like texting and GPS tracking through cell phones, is increasingly used as a part of intimate partner violence. Peaceful Paths has support groups and counseling available if you have been a victim of stalking or dating violence, and has partnerships with local batterer’s intervention providers who can work with perpatrators. Be aware and be safe!