There is nothing funny about domestic abuse, and popular culture continues to be part of the problem. Rap music, in particular, is frequently guilty of degrading and dehumanizing women. The same goes for the porn industry and many misogynistic Internet sites.
Opportunities for Otsego’s Violence Prevention Program is working to put an end to that sort of thinking locally by educating people about intimate partner violence. On Thursday, OFO will present “In Her Shoes,” an interactive simulation that includes scenarios from the real lives of women with abusive partners. (The event is open only to those who have registered in advance.)
Domestic violence is never OK. It’s not something that can be tolerated until it goes away, and it will never go away on its own. If you are in an abusive situation, call the OFO Victims’ Intervention Program at 432-4855.