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Say What? Rihanna Speaks Up About Abuse

"This happened to me. . . . It can happen to anyone."

— Rihanna is opening up for the first time about the abuse she suffered during her relationship with Chris Brown. In an interview with Diane Sawyer that will air tomorrow, Rihanna explains that the chance to help other people learn from her experience has been the positive thing to come from her high-profile ordeal. She says: "I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isn't heard."

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justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years
I'm glad she is redeeming a bad situation by using it for something good- she is being that voice for young abused women now, and I think that's great.
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 7 years
Running & Sloane - I heard she hit him BEFORE he attacked her. Does not mean he should hit her back though.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
Oops. Disregard my comment. I meant to post it on another topic here. :x
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
Did anyone read the part about the boy being an accused rapist/suspect? There is always a possibility that he didn't have anything to do with it. "Innocent until proven guilty." On the other hand, if he did, those girls are dumb. They clearly don't realize that it could happen to them, and I think they need to take a moment to realize the trauma the poor girl who was raped had to go through instead of worrying about whether their friend, who may or may not have partaken in the innocent, is freed.
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
Some of these comments are reminding me of the other post where the topic was about teen girls supporting a suspected rapist. Even if she did hit him he still beat the crap out of her. It's also bs to blame her for not being a perfect role model. She didn't plan this and I feel sorry that she had to go through this terrible situation in the public eye. It's embarassing and extremely difficult to have someone you loved turn on you and abuse you. You don't want anyone to know about it. I can't imagine the whole world knowing. I respect her for speaking out.
sloane220 sloane220 7 years
@runningeq- thank you! typically men are physically stronger than women, and it's just wrong for them to hit a woman no matter the circumstances. if she DID hit him first, he should have walked away.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 7 years
I hate that she was seen with him afterwards, making it seem like she forgave him and moved on so quickly after the incident. I feel like that might have set some girls in the same situation back and make them think it was okay and normal. It's certainly not her responsibility to be a role model but I just don't like that she did that. I lost so much respect for her.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
Sorry, I said Brianna? Mispell only!!!! Rihanna!!!!!!
dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
Chris Brown looks like a criminal. Sorta edgy or something. It's almost as if the outside has a view to the inside – something creepy like that. After this to the world he's not an gifted artist, he's a criminal that happens to be gifted. That makes him an idiot. Here he stands on top of the world with everything at his fingertips and he decides to beat up his beautiful, talented, gifted, movie star girlfriend. Brilliant huh? I hope he sinks in hell and has an empty bank account for his actions. Brianna. I love her music. Just love it.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Philly: When a man hits a woman and she hits him back, it's called self defense. She was beaten to a pulp. I don't recall photos of him looking the same. And I'm glad she's speaking out. It's certainly not her duty to do so but it will - I hope - encourage other victims of DV to step forward. The amount of ignorance on this subject still astounds me.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
It's good that she's talking about it because so many people have trouble understanding the true power dynamics of the situation.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Hahaha Briandiesel that's too funny. I am sure one day she will look back at her haircuts/colour jobs and think bad haircuts happen to good people. On a more sombre note, it's good that she is speaking out about this. Violence is not the answer no matter which party started it or finished it or who did what.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
Oh, she's talking about the Chris situation.. I thought she was talking about her horrible new haircut/color..
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 7 years
Apparently she smacked around Chirs Brown too.. violence of any kind is wrong.
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