Witherspoon addresses domestic violence
Actress Reese Witherspoon has had the talk with her two young children. Not the sex talk. The domestic violence talk.
As a global ambassador for Avon’s efforts to help victims of domestic violence, Miss Witherspoon traveled to the Washington area to speak to the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters, prompting a talk with Ava, 12, and Deacon, 8. Though she said her kids were shocked to hear how one in three women is abused in this country, Miss Witherspoon said it was important for them to be aware of the problem, especially her daughter who’s almost old enough to date.
At a time when bullies are responding with violence, Miss Witherspoon also said parents must educate themselves and their children about social media and “what constitutes harassment, what is acceptable and what is not.”
Domestic violence is a topic in many songs, including Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder and Lead,” where she sings about shooting an abusive husband. Miss Witherspoon said such songs “create retaliation fantasies,” which are “a very important part of our psychology,” but she doesn’t think they replace the effectiveness of going public about domestic violence.
Miss Witherspoon said talking publicly “creates empowerment” among women and helps them feel they’re not alone. She said it often gives them the courage to go to a shelter or take legal action that could save their lives. the performers scheduled to appear in “We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” on April 20 at the Austin City Limits Live venue in Austin, Texas.
Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Amy Lee and Shooter Jennings also will perform. Tickets are on sale.
Though Cash died in 2003 at age 71, interest in his music and legacy continue. Several celebrations are planned. Members of the Cash family gathered Sunday in Dyess, Ark., on what would have been Cash’s 80th birthday, to break ground on a museum at his boyhood home.
An all-star lineup will celebrate the career of the late Johnny Cash with a concert on April 20. Cash would have turned 80 this year. He died in 2003.