On last week’s Real World, Anna found herself in hot water after she searched “domestic violence verbal” on Google. After viewing the search results, she walked away from the computer and left this up. Robbie saw the search and told Peter and Jennifer, who felt Anna was completely out of line for making assumptions about Peter’s actions.
To be fair to Jen and Peter, it seems clear that Anna wanted to meddle. Peter pursued her at the beginning of the season but moved onto Jen once that fizzled. This was only one fight, and while Peter did scream, that was the worst of his actions. Additionally, if Anna was genuinely concerned, she would not have left the search up for all of her roommates to see, or she would have just searched on her smartphone.
As someone who has been involved in an abusive relationship, Jen took particular offense to this. While Anna didn’t know about Jen’s past relationship, implying that Peter was abusive was particularly hurtful to Jen. While Jen does know what an abusive relationship looks like, it’s assumed Anna does not. Anna may see Peter’s screaming as a red flag. While Peter is not blatantly harming Jen, it’s clear Jen was upset and this concerned Anna.
It’s also important to remember that most of the house was concerned by Peter’s screaming. Anna was once friends with Jen, so her concern may come from a genuine place. Perhaps she could have addressed the situation differently, but it’s clear that Peter’s actions are not healthy for building a relationship.
What do you think? Was Anna wrong?