(Trigger warning – the music video begins with a graphic scene of domestic violence)
Jasmine V. courageously shares her experience with teen dating violence in her song “Didn’t Mean It” (2012), “Everyone has a story, this is part of my story and has made me who I am. Never feel embarrassed or ashamed of any trials you have endured. Grow from it and Never Look Back. You are not alone. Love Jasmine.”
The video for “Didn’t Mean It” was created to raise awareness about teen dating violence and encourage victims to get help and leave the abusive relationship.
Another message to “Didn’t Mean It” involves manipulation and controlling behavior that are part of abusive relationships. “Didn’t Mean It” speaks about the pressure an abuser puts on a victim to stay in the relationship saying he “didn’t mean it”, he is sorry, promising things will get better or applying “love me pressure”. The victim struggles with wanting to believe these things, and wanting better for herself. The confusion and pain the victim feels makes “Didn’t Mean It” a very emotional song that helps the listener understand the struggles an abuse victim deals with to recognize her relationship is harmful, and why it is so difficult for victims to leave the abuse.
I highly recommend “Didn’t Mean It” as a powerful testimony from an abuse survivor, and as way way to help educate and raise awareness about teen dating violence, and domestic violence. If you are involved in an abusive relationship and need help, please scroll down for a list of resources.
~ Emily Court
About Jasmine V: Jasmine Marie Villegas, better known as “Jasmine V.” hails from San Jose, California. Jasmine V is a pop and R&B singer who also works as an actress and model. Jasmine is now involved a healthy, loving relationship with boyfriend Ronnie Banks. Jasmine gave birth to her daughter Ameera Reign in February 2016.
For more info about Jasmine V. and her music, you can visit her fansite at: Jasmine V Music
Dating Abuse and Domestic Violence Resources:
(Minnesota) Cornerstone Programs and Services for Youth: Counseling, Support Groups, Domestic Violence and Dating Abuse Education, School Based Services, Enrichment Activities, Early Childhood Education and More Crisis Hotline: 1-866-223-1111 Cornerstone Programs for Youth
D.A.S.H. (Dating Abuse Stops Here): Fact Sheets, Information and Resources about Teen Dating Abuse, Raising Awareness, Helping Teens and Parents to Recognize the Signs of Dating Abuse, and More. DASH (Dating Abuse Stops Here)
Love Is Respect: Resources and support to end dating violence and break the cycle of violence among youth. Online Chat. Support Line. Information. Resources and More. (English and Spanish). Call: 1.866.331.9474 | TTY: 1.866.331.8453 | Text: loveis to 22522 Love is Respect
If you have additional resources, or found a helpful place for support, please post in the comments below. Thank you 🙂