After last weeks nightmare, my husband and I have spent this week trying to patch the hole we created in an otherwise strong foundation. We've learned a lot about each other in the process.
After being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and world famous pop star Rihanna, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault charges. While the assault occurred back in February, not much was heard from Brown, apparently on the request of his lawyers, until now. Hollywood Life reported that the R&B singer issued a video apology where he accepted responsibility, expressed remorse and promised to take steps to ensure he does not repeat his abuse. Read: The Real Reason For Chris Brown's Apology It can be argued whether Brown's apology was sincere or whether it was just a ploy to win back fans, but the bigger question remains as to just how far does an apology go in a domestic violence situation. Rihanna had the means and capability of leaving Brown after he assaulted her, but many women who suffer from domestic abuse do not have the same power.
Domestic violence can be an inevitability in some parts of the world. In Saudi Arabia, it's sometimes approved by legal professionals. Speaking at a conference on domestic abuse, Judge Hamed Al-Razine said that a man could slap his wife if she spent too much money on a burqa.
Rumor has it that Rihanna is prepared to full forgive Chris Brown. After their alleged domestic violence incident, the Barbadian singer wants another apology from Chris Brown, but this time on Oprah. Not that Chris Brown has earned much sympathy, but he is not in an enviable position. In other Rihanna news, she is not dating Brody Jenner or Frankie Delgado, though you could have probably guessed that.
Men who batter rarely do it once, even if they are rich and famous. So if you're in a relationship with a guy who has pushed, hit or slapped you once, take it as a warning sign. You can expect him to do it again and again. Here's everything you need to know about batterers from domestic violence experts Diann Ackard, a PhD psychologist on the board of Break the Cycle, an organization specializing in the treatment of domestic abuse, and Candice Hopkins, director of Love is Respect, the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline.
Loads of couples breakup and then make-up and sometimes things work out great. But knowing when, and under what circumstances, to forgive and forget is key, and most of us won't know until we're thrust into that situation. Here are six scenarios to consider…
Oprah isn't a domestic abuse victim; Kristen Rambler was. Her advice to Rihanna: LEAVE CHRIS BROWN! Forget the $50,000 forgiveness bracelet. Don't record the duet. GET OUT NOW! Rambler spent two years, beginning when she was 17 and a high school senior, desperately in love with her first boyfriend. But gradually the relationship turned increasingly violent. When Kristen saw Rihanna's beaten face, it was like looking in the mirror at what her own used to look like. Kristen, now 26, considers herself lucky to have survived that day. Rihanna—she wants you to hear her story and learn.