No matter what she does, she will continue to get criticized as she is in the limelight, and thats the nature of the beast. However, I commend Rihanna for coming forth and sharing her side of the story not for the sake of making one look good, and the other bad, but more because she does indeed have an enormous fan base who are generally young women that may be, or have been in the same situation. After viewing the interview, those women might think twice about staying in an abusive relationship. Domestic Violence is not only serious, but so personal and for her to share her intimate story to even change one girl's perspective speaks volumes.
Here are some facts via NCADV.ORG
- One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
- An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
- 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
- Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
- Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
- Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police
- Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner.
- In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before the murder.
- Less than one-fifth of victims reporting an injury from intimate partner violence sought medical treatment following the injury.
- Intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5 million mental health care visits each year
- Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
- Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
- 30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household