Wither­spoon ad­dresses do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

The Washington Times Daily - - Life -

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.

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