News of Rihanna and Chris Brown’s reunion shocked most of us over the weekend, but according to experts it is not unusual for a victim of abuse to return to the abuser. According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 4.8 million cases of physical assaults and rapes of women by an “intimate partner” are reported yearly in the United States alone. While 4.8 million is an alarming number, that number represents only half of all abuse claims as many do not report the crime. Amidst rumors that Rihanna had not pressed charges against Chris Brown, the “Don’t Stop The Music” singer’s reunion with the Brown is according to experts part of a trend of “rationalizing” the abuse. Speaking with ABC, psychologist Nando Pelusi says “Women tend to go back when the picture is nuanced … she may rationalize and say he’s not an abuser. ” Like other reported cases, experts believe Rihanna’s reunion with Brown may be connected to a belief that the abuse was her fault or even normal because of her age and not having been in many relationships. Whatever the case, sources say the two have reunited in Miami however, photos of the duo have not surfaced. In related news, Chris Brown is reported to be putting in time at Miami’s noted Hit Factory studio. Sources believe Brown is busy at work on his third album and follow up to 2007s “Exclusive”.
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