Nov. 6, 2009 — -- After months of silence, pop star Rihanna speaks out about domestic violence and the February 2009 ordeal that led to the arrest of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. Rihanna believes she can be a voice to help others who may be in danger of returning to an abusive partner, warning young girls not to repeat her mistakes.
"It's completely normal to go back. It's not right. I learned the hard way, but again, this is what I want people to know," Rihanna told Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview. "When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result in some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part. I couldn't be held responsible for going back."
About one in three adolescent girls will have been in a physically abusive relationship by the time she graduates from high school, according to recent studies. Check out these resources for ways to stop domestic violence among teens and women.