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Survivor addresses 'naive' domestic violence tweets

Wednesday - 2/15/2012, 7:12pm  ET

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Chris Brown performs at the 2012 Grammy Awards (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Domestic violence: A hot button issue

Leslie Morgan Steiner, author and domestic violence survivor

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Megan Cloherty, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Domestic violence has been a hot button issue recently after musician Chris Brown performed at the 2012 Grammys only three years after he was arrested for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Reaction was mixed on Twitter.

Critics argued against the Grammys' decision to celebrate Brown during the show given his history of domestic violence. Some of his fans tweeted back in defense of his performance and his character. One fan tweeting, "Chris Brown can beat me anytime."

Domestic violence survivor Leslie Morgan Steiner tells WTOP the response is not surprising.

"It's not that young women are stupid or want to be a victim of domestic violence -- it really is that they are na´ve about it. And glamourizing and minimizing the severity of domestic violence is very common among young women."

Morgan Steiner, a former Washington Post Magazine general manager, has written a book about her abusive relationship with her husband entitled "Crazy Love."

"[Domestic violence] is particularly common among the age of girls sending the tweets about Chris Brown. Girls 16 to 24 are three times as likely to be abused."

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