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"No one thinks it's right for a guy to hit a girl," she said.
And when the topic arose at an after-school program at Evanston's YMCA, many participants said abuse was "bogus."But other teens insist violence is sometimes justified in relationships.
"This type of education is not happening in any broad or consistent way.
We need to take it to scale, to make sure it's happening in every community."Details of the incident between singers Brown and Rihanna are fuzzy, but the story continues to create much buzz among teens across the Chicago area.
"She was talking openly about her boyfriend hitting her, but she was smiling and saying it was funny."Young people carry these attitudes into adulthood, experts say, and young targets of dating violence are more likely to succumb to aggression in later relationships.
Young adults seeking an order of protection from Cook County judges must bring a guardian to apply on their behalf.
Last summer, the president of the National Association of Attorneys General launched a campaign called "Working Together to End the Violence" and specifically called on communities to focus on relationship abuse among young people.