Sadly, Not Surprised

The domestic violence story of Rihanna and Chris Brown is well known by this point, and on Friday, reported that they're back together, working it out. Sadly, I'm not surprised.

Unfortunately, I've been privy to a front row seat to several situations of domestic violence. But in those cases the women being abused felt trapped, be it by cultural or financial realities. They had children and didn't know how they could make it on their own without their partner and decided to weather the violence for the sake of security. It's a common scenario for domestic violence victims.

In contrast, Rihanna is young, financially secure, no doubt surrounded by plenty of emotional support, and there are no children in the equation. It's not enough that Chris Brown is "reflective and saddened." One strike, and he should be out.