Youth meeting talks 'taboo' topics

April 15, 2009 8:45:51 PM PDT
It was a youth town hall meeting at Temple University where the parents were welcomed, but told to sit down and listen.With the help of skits and play acting, the issues covered everything considered 'too taboo' to talk about, such as the pressures of teen sex, on being gay or lesbian, and most all, they wanted to talk about the issue of domestic violence and how quickly things escalate.

Organizers say it was in the wake of the saga between pop stars Chris Brown and Rhianna that was the catalyst for the event, a fairy tale romance gone awry after allegations that brown beat Rhianna with his fists.

The event was put together by the Peace and Love Youth Advisoy Board, a group of high school students from Philadelphia and the suburbs.

"Let's focus on things we don't talk about often like homosexuality and domestic violence, situations that are taboo and we don't feel comfortable bringing it to our parents' attention. so let's create a forum and speak about it," Semira Fuller of the Peace and Love Youth Group said.

Both the youth and the parents found it educational.

"I think this is a very good thing for our community," student Sidrah Rumadah said.

"It was very, very informative, I learned a lot," parent Alem Watson said.

"It gives us a dialogue to hear our youth and to also understand where they're coming from and understand we went through the same things, we felt the same ways, but we had no forum to speak it," parent Juanita Sojourner said.

Organizers say it is the second in a series of forums they plan to hold.

Their hope is to shed light and understanding on important issues affecting them, which they say, deserve and need the attention of adults.

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