When a little girl turned up at the hospital with a bruised eye that needed stitches, all from a classmate's attack on her, a hospital worker, in an effort to lighten up her mood, said "I bet he likes you."
With those five words, the healthcare worker perpetuated the same ideals that a culture of physical and emotional abuse feeds on – hurting is flirting.
But the 4-year-old's mother, Meritt Smith, was having none of this. She posted her horrified response on Facebook to get the message across that we need to teach our girls that healthy affection never manifests itself in aggression.
While Smith doesn't want the healthcare worker fired, she does want a better environment for girls.
Nationwide Children's Hospital took notice and updated its Facebook page with: