A teenager’s TikTok video has gone viral and sparked debate for bringing attention to domestic violence.
The 16-year-old girl, who goes by Amber on the social media platform, is seen lip-syncing to Lily Allen’s 2009 song “Not Fair” as make-up designed to look like bruises start to appear on her face.
“Your friend is trying to convince you the bruises you spotted aren’t from her boyfriend,” the video’s caption reads.
The lyrics Amber lip-syncs in the video, include: “Oh he treats me with respect, he says he loves me all the time.
“He calls me fifteen times a day, he likes to make sure that I’m fine.
“You know I’ve never met a man who’s made me feel quite so secure
“He’s not like all them other boys.”
At the time of publication, the video, which was posted on December 29, has received more than 205,000 comments.
The teenager told the BBC she was inspired to create the video after learning a family friend had experienced abuse.
“The message of the video is don’t ignore the signs of domestic abuse,” she said.
“If you have the slightest concern, bring it up with the person.
“I feel domestic abuse is something that should have more awareness.”
The response to Amber’s video, which has spurred other similar clips, has been mixed.
“Thank you for doing this, I’m a survivor managed to get away 2017,” one person wrote.
“Amazing video, It’s so upsetting so many girls have to go through things like this,” another said.
Others questioned whether TikTok was the appropriate platform to shed light on the issue.
“This… is not the right way to raise awareness,” one person wrote.
In response to the reactions, Amber attempted to explain herself to fellow TikTok users.
“I did not expect this to blow up and is not intended to trigger or [bring] back memories for survivors but more raise awareness about warning signs,” she wrote.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner.
About 1 in 4 women experience severe physical violence from a partner, sexual violence or the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases.
Women between the ages of 18 and 24 are the most likely to be abused.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, find help by visiting Lifeline or calling 1800 RESPECT.
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