Experts Rip Rihanna, Brown Reunion

It sends a dangerous message, experts warn
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 1, 2009 9:07 AM CST
This photo obtained by TMZ of pop star Rihanna reportedly shows injuries she suffered after being slugged by boyfriend Chris Brown.   (AP Photo/TMZ)
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(Newser) – Experts are criticizing Rihanna's decision to reconcile with boyfriend Chris Brown following a violent confrontation that left the singer swollen and bruised, reports the New York Daily News. Domestic violence experts aren't shocked by Rihanna's move—which is all too common among battered women, they say—but are worried about the singer and the harmful message she's communicating.

"It sends a really negative message that it's OK to remain in an abusive relationship and just to accept an apology and move on," said a Manhattan psychologist. "She's a role model and that's why it's such a concern."