Planned Parenthood Shares Tutorial of How to Cover Up Beatings on Its Teen Facebook (VIDEO)

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Do you ever see something, and then just repeat the word ‘sick’ over and over in your brain and maybe out loud too? That happened to me today when I saw a video linked on Planned Parenthood’s ‘Info for Teens’ Facebook page instructing abused teenage girls how to use makeup to disguise bruises.

The girl in the video suffers from a black eye and split lip, and she matter-of-factly shows the viewer how to layer makeup appropriately to hide any injuries occurred as a result of domestic abuse.

Among other advice, the video host recommends using concealer to “hide any splits from watches or rings” and wearing a scarf for covering any strangulation marks on your neck. As for her black eye, she remarks, “If you've got a lot of bruisin’ from being pushed hard against a coffee table, you can gently apply layer after layer, and you will cover it up slightly ... it might hurt.”

The video ends abruptly as a noise is heard off camera, and a message is shown --

65% of women who suffer domestic violence keep it hidden ... don’t cover it up.

The video is intended to be part of a campaign to end domestic violence, but the way it is promoted on Planned Parenthood’s Facebook page -- how to look your best the morning after -- is appalling. They make no effort in the post to change the title of the video or comment on its hideous inappropriateness. As points out, “That headline makes a world of difference to young teens who run across the video.”

Screenshot of Planned Parenthood's 'Info for Teens' Facebook page

Whether or not this video was intended for shock value to raise awareness, or as an actual instructional piece, I think it’s abhorrent. It’s like reading a teen magazine article about anorexia or bulimia full of tips and tricks on how to better starve yourself and/or hide your symptoms. There are ways to raise awareness about issues without giving girls instructions on how to go further down a destructive path.

Watch the video and see for yourself:

Do you think it’s appropriate for Planned Parenthood to put a link to this video on their ‘Info for Teens’ Facebook page?

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fleur... fleurdelys3110

Jenny, this was so NOT the point of the video. It's supposed to expose the desperation and terrible things that happen if you stay in an abusive relationship. It's message is NOT promoting abuse toleration.

amiec... amiecanflie

I think it's celver. Then women who are looking or searching for a title like that will see this and maybe it'll be the wake up call they need to get help.


ImaSo... ImaSoulMom

I love planned parenthood. I know you don't like the way the video delivered it's message but life is not always roses and butterflies and many types of issues need awareness. Also, finding a new way to help women who are in violent relationships is not easy and most are so numb to the same cycle geting out takes many tries.

Flori... Floridamom96

Jenny clearly stated in her article that she understood the message PP was attempting to send. She just doesn't agree that it's the best way to send the message. Did any of you actually read her blog all the way through before condemning it?

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

yes floridamom, we did. we all, however, think the video conveys it's message well.we think it is a brilliant way to send a message to women who may actually be googling how to cover up bruises. please don't insult our intelligence just because we have a different opinion.

Procr... Procrastamom

Jenny, I think it's time to release your typing monkey back into the wild and take down your writer's shingle.  You are seriously lost.

Megan Lee

Your title is so misleading..

Johns... JohnsMommy31108

I think their video was perfect as that's exactly the way a teenage girl will search for it.."How to cover it Up"..their not searching how to get help..teenage girls have help called their parents there's a reason they HIDE it rather than going to them

Flori... Floridamom96

That's cool, Emma. If you think the message and the way it's presented are both effective and a good idea, then that's awesome. I don't have an opinion on the presentation of the message either way. I can see the pros and the cons of such a presentation. I was commenting specifically to those who seemed not to know that Jenny understood the message PP is trying to send and is appalled by it. Disagree with her all you want, but she isn't confused or ignorant or stupid or misreading the videos intent. She simply doesn't like it.

Flori... Floridamom96

I think it's easy for those who have never suffered domestic violence nor had a loved one who has to not really understand how to reach victims. I see why Jenny feels the way she does, but I can see why you think this would be helpful. I think it could have been done much better than it was and provided much more information than it did, but anything that gets a domestic abuse victim to seek help is a step in the right direction.

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