Rihanna breaks her silence on Chris Brown assault

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The young and beautiful R&B star has granted an interview with Diane Sawyer for “Good Morning America” after months of silence.

“This happened to me… it can happen to anyone,” she said of becoming a victim of domestic violence, telling that many young women are experiencing the same thing, but shame puts them into silence.

Brown assaulted Rihanna during a heated argument in his car on the eve of the Grammy Awards in February, as they drove through Los Angeles. A leaked photograph of her injuries showed her battered face, and in a separate interview published in a magazine, the 21-year-old singer said she was ashamed when the picture was leaked.

“It was humiliating,” she said. “That is not a photo you would show to anybody. I felt completely taken advantage of. I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the internet, and it’s my life. I was disappointed, especially when I found out the photo was allegedly leaked by two women.”

The singer said the assault had made her “stronger, wiser, more aware”. She added: “Domestic violence is a big secret. No kid goes around and let’s people know their parents fight. Teenage girls can’t tell their parents that their boyfriend beat them up. You don’t dare let your neighbor know that you fight.”

It’s one of the things we will hide, because it’s embarrassing. My story was broadcast all over the world for people to see, and they have followed every step of my recovery. The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that.”

“I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isn’t heard. Now I can help speak for those women.”