Rihanna: Domestic Violence Doesn't Define Me

Rihanna has broken her silence about the domestic abuse scandal that thrust her into the spotlight. In her recent interview with Diane Sawyer, she said she finally came clean about Chris Brown's assault because she wanted to be a good role model for other women who might be suffering similar abuse.

In an interview Monday with MTV's Alexa Chung, she elaborated on that statement, saying, essentially, she'd rather not be a mere "domestic-violence spokesperson."

"I always want to help young women and give them insight into life experiences. One of those things is going through an abusive relationship like I did," Rihanna said. "But that's one thing for me. So I don't want to be the big domestic-violence spokesperson, because that doesn't define who I am. But if I can help young women in any way, and that being one of the things they need help with, then I'll do that."

Rihanna said that she was so glad to hear of one immediate, positive impact of her having spoken about her abuse: the domestic violence crisis centers saw an uptick of calls by almost 60 percent following her interview. The teen hotlines saw an increase of more than 70 percent.

Many say, because of their high visibility and massive influence on the general populace, celebrities have an obligation to speak out against violence and other ills inflicted upon them.

Do you agree that it was Rihanna's obligation to speak out? Chime in below!


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