Abuse Pro: Chris Brown Must Never Do This Again

If the events of the past few days are any indication, Chris Brown and Rihanna may well be on their way to a reconciliation.

Celebuzz spoke with Sheryl Cates, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline as well as the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, regarding the controversial case.

Cates feels the star couple’s weekend reunion on Miami’s Star Island sent a clear message that, “‘We care about each other, we’re trying to work it out.'”

While the looming question is whether or not 20-year-old Rihanna will resume her relationship, Cates feels the real cliff-hanger is if Brown, 19, will continue to seek help.

“The question is whether or not he’ll stay with working it out. Will he stay going to these classes or working with his pastor or people who understand violence in intimate relationships?” said Cates. “I think it’s critical she leaves if she sees he is not willing to work on them.”

Brown indicated two weeks ago in an official statement he intended to seek both proper and personal accounting, from his family priest to his own mother.

Should he continue, Cates beleives Brown “can go on to have great relationships, even one with her, but he’s got to be comitted to the change.”

As for Rihanna’s responsibilities as a public figure, Cates is concerned with her “unusually closed” attitude toward the issue.

“She has a great opportunity right now to say that violence is not tolerated in any way…I think it would be really great for her to say, ‘I know this is not my fault.'”

She also emphasises removing their luminous careers from the occasion.

“They both have such a platform right now to say not just, ‘I’m sorry,’ and not just glibly saying what management tells you to say for your career,” says Cates.

“They need to be committed to ensuring this kind of thing never happens again.”