“Let me quickly say to the young people… I’m noticing a trend with our young people, this boyfriend, girlfriend relationship that y’all are having and how you are becoming so possessive with each other,” he said.
Skelton-Cline was at the time Speaking on his Honestly Speaking talk show on April 5, 2022, where he further cautioned against behaviors that can lead to abuse.
“There’s some of you young ladies are submitting now to some of these young guys, who tell you what to do, how to do it, when to do it… y’all are too young for that, ain't nobody owns you this ain't no slavery,” he added.
He said even in marriages, couples ought not to relate to each other in a possessive way.
“You be careful about relationship that isolates you from friends and folks… if you are in a relationship where you are being abused verbally and physically, you better get out quick in a hurry, seek help [and] assistance,” he added.
“Don’t you submit and surrender to that kind of trauma,” he further cautioned couples.
During Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, 2021, the office of Gender Affairs had called on persons to advocate for the love that they deserve and know their worth.
Persons in domestic violence situations can contact the Family and Juvenile Unit of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force at 346-7963; the Social Development Department at 468-9371; the Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital at 464-3497; the Family Support Network at 494-7622; or the Office of Gender Affairs at 468-3415.