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WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2013 — Mutual respect is an essential ingredient for partners to have successful and abuse-free domestic relationships, noted women’s advocate Dr. Ludy Green in today’s Washington Post online guest column detailing with repeated beating of R&B soul artist Rihanna by her domestic partner rap star, Chris Brown.

“By helping our daughters understand that we do not need to depend on any man, we have the capacity to do whatever we wish or desire intellectually as well as physically,” says Green, president of Second Chance Employment Services.

“First, we have to be an example to our daughters to maintain relationships in the home characterized by mutual respect and affection. No man is worthy to take away our peace of mind or distress us on a regular basis. Respect and understanding is key to a well-functioning relationship.”

The column was authored by Michelle D. Bernard, president & CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy. Green was a quoted expert. Rihanna has clung to her relationship with Brown despite repeated beatings that at one point were so harsh she couldn’t attend the 2009 Grammy Awards. Rihanna professed that her love for Brown overrides her physical abuse over the years, the column says. “Ain’t nobody’s business, but mine and my baby,” she wrote as lyrics to one song.

Fear of losing social stature, stigma, culture and over-romanticizing one’s purported feelings of love are among the factors that impel women such as Rihanna to remain in abusive relationships, the column says.

“As a society, we must ask ourselves what is it that happens in the rearing of children in virtually every culture and at every socio-economic level that raises girls and boys who are willing to stay in, or go back to physically and/or verbally abusive relationships,” writes column author Bernard.

Second Chance Employment Services is a nonprofit organization of human-resources professionals who have placed hundreds of adults in meaningful employment positions free of charge. Financial independence is essential for empowering women to leave abusive relationships and build strong lives for themselves and their children. For further information check our website or if you would like to invite Dr. Green to your next conference go to


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