“Nearly one in every three adult women experiences at least one physical assault by a partner during adulthood…[and] approximately four million American women experience a serious assault by an intimate partner during a 12-month period” according to research. Earlier this year, singer Rihanna became one of these tragic statistics at the hands of her then boyfriend, pop star Chris Brown. Earlier this week a judge sentenced Brown to six months of hard “community labor”, domestic violence counseling and five years of probation after he pled guilty to felony assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Interestingly enough he was not given any actual jail time. As expected, the media and the blogosphere began buzzing with discussion about whether his celebrity got him off easy or if the punishment truly fit the crime. Do you have an opinion on the matter? If so, post your comments below.
NOTE: Domestic violence is not a hot topic. It is a serious and deadly issue in our communities. If you are or know someone who is in an abusive relationship visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline.