A teenage TikTok star caused a stir with a controversial video that highlights the signs of domestic abuse and how victims can deftly disguise cosmetic injuries.
The 16-year-old girl, named Amber, recently shared a brief clip of herself synchronizing her lips with the tune of Lily Allen "It's not fair" while nimbly hiding false bruises on her orbital bones and forehead with a makeup sponge.
“Oh, he treats me with respect. He says he loves me all the time. He calls me 15 times a day. He likes to make sure I'm fine, "Amber nervously synchronized her lips as she complained and moved nervously in the video. In a clip legend, she wrote:"[When] your friend is trying to convince you that the bruises you saw are not from her boyfriend. "
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Posted on the @MakeupByAmber teen page, the video has received 208,000 likes and 600 comments until Wednesday afternoon.
Some users even showed up and identified themselves as victims of domestic abuse, and thanked the girl for making the warning signs often ignored, according to the BBC.
"Thank you for doing this. I am a survivor," revealed a TikTokker.
"This is very powerful. Now I am going through this with a friend who always makes excuses and ignores it," repeated another.
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Critics, meanwhile, felt that Amber's message was too "dark" for the lively social platform and argued that she produced the video to simply increase her tracking.
"This … is not the right way to raise awareness," one accused.
Another said domestic abuse "really happens to people and they don't make the TikToks do it."
In an interview on January 9, Amber argued that she was not inspired to make the video attract attention, but because a family friend had suffered abuse.
"The message of the video is not to ignore the signs of domestic abuse. If you have the slightest concern, talk to the person," the student told the BBC.
"I feel that domestic abuse is something I should be more aware of."
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According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), an average of 20 people experience intimate partner violence every minute in the United States alone, which amounts to more than 10 million victims of abuse annually. It represents 15 percent of all violent crimes and is more common against women between the ages of 18 to 24.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides anonymous and confidential help and can be reached at 1-800-799-7233 (INSURANCE).
Hollie McKay of Fox News contributed to this report.