St. Valentine, the patron saint of………
bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, young people.
Wow, that’s a big responsibility!
But today we think of him associated with love. Particularly romantic love. Chocolates, hearts, champagne, roses and the general spoiling of that person that you love most.
But what happens when that person is spoiling you, in the wrong way?
Recently I’ve been involved in conversations, with young people and adults, alike on the subject of relationships.
We did a project 3 years ago called ‘Romantic Love’. We looked at relationships in the news, famous people and particularly the famous Rhianna/Brown fiasco. Young people compared these relationships to there own and we asked – what is acceptable?
Domestic Violence – it’s never acceptable!
I’ve been really surprised at what some people, who I respect and look up to and young people who I thought were more sensible than this, have accepted in romantic relationships. Physical Fighting, bulling, putting someone down all the time (emotional abuse) and more are all parts of domestic violence and no one should have to put up with this.
I found this website which is quite useful for young people who aren’t sure what to do or where to start. Theres advice and help for young people or if you think a friend is in crisis http://www.thehideout.org.uk/default.aspa
So Look Out for each other And enjoy your Valentines day!