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Published on June 24th, 2009 | by thevyne


Chris Brown: How Do You Plea?

Photo by Lori Shepler-Pool/Getty Images

Photo by Lori Shepler-Pool/Getty Images

“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.

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0 Responses to Chris Brown: How Do You Plea?

  1. Tanisha says:

    I don’t think his celebrity status impacted his sentence. I think this, and lesser sentences, are typical for domestic abuse cases. It’s tragic because it is a cycle that impacts children and creates a cycle of abusers and abusees.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m torn on this one. I remember the picture that was leaked of Rihanna’s face after the incident. She was bruised awfully and the picture was taken a while after the beating. So, on one hand, I would like for him to get a strong sentence including jail time. On the other hand, our prison system does not support rehabilitation therefore I am glad that his probation is long and that his sentence also includes counseling.

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