…If You Feel Like It

I remember reading an article about domestic violence in teen dating relationships in a late 90s magazine aimed at high schoolers. In one of the blocks, it addressed questions, such as; should one forgive if their boyfriend hits them, but swears it was a mistake and promises to never do it again.

The response was, “You can forgive him… if you feel like it.”

It made me wonder then, as it makes me wonder now, why this was the given advice and not something better.

Like, for example: