While the voice of women is freed, the reality of domestic violence remains unknown to the youngest. Among those under 25, the discovery of romantic relationships results for many young girls in difficulty in recognizing where the limits are and especially in protecting themselves.
In a relationship, is jealousy violent behavior? Humiliation, whether in public or in private? Blackmail and intimidation? For many young women, the answer is not obvious: 58% answer no to the first question, 41% no to the second and 40% no to the third. They are even 60% to consider that the intrusion of their partner in their cell phone is not a problem. These are some of the figures revealed by the OpinionWay poll for Yves Saint-Laurent and En avant tout (s) published on March 5.
What draw a rather worrying assessment. In fact, it seems that among those under 25, inappropriate behavior is not always seen as a sign of an unhealthy relationship. “Not always knowing what is and is not acceptable in a healthy romantic relationship, young women do not necessarily identify as victims. They mainly involve victims of violence such as battered women, thus obscuring all other forms of psychological violence which are just as destructive ”, underlines Ynaée Benaben, co-founder of the association En avant tout (s).
If 21% of women under 25 say they have already been victims of violence by their current partner or an ex-partner, their number could therefore be greatly underestimated. They are, however, already more concerned than women aged 35 to 49 (16%) and those aged 50 to 64 (15%).
The urgency is therefore to inform young women about their rights and about behaviors that are not normal love behaviors. “There is an anti-perceptive faculty of young women to feel concerned by the notion of conjugal violence. No doubt because violent behavior towards her is perceived as more ambivalent, and takes less traditional forms, ”points out Louise Delavier, co-founder of the association En avant tout (s).
“In recent years, the subject of domestic violence has imposed itself at the heart of the news and debates, points out Dan Bethelmy-Rada, Managing Director France of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. A context which has contributed to free speech and to renounce socially unacceptable violence against women. If prevention, education and direct action with young people are essential to change mentalities and move the lines, much remains to be done to break the silence.
Indeed, new issues are emerging with the young generations, very connected. At the end of 2019, 82% of 16-25 year olds had an Instagram account, and 74% a Snapchat account. This attachment to social networks makes them particularly vulnerable to the launching of rumors, the publication of compromising photos or slander ... According to the OpinionWay survey for Yves Saint-Laurent and En avant tout (s), 70% of respondents believe that young people women under 25 do not talk about domestic violence they are victims of so as not to end up on social networks for revenge. "This is a new fact, insists Ynaée Benaben. Fear of harassment on social media can deter victims from speaking out. This harassment on social networks is a new brutality towards them. "