Angela Kelsey

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He Won’t Change, Rihanna

Many years ago, I waited outside my home while the police searched for my then-husband, who was threatening to kill me and himself.

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A young policeman leaned into my car window and said, “Ma’am, get out while you can. These guys never change.”

I didn’t listen.

This morning I read an article about pop stars Rihanna and Chris Brown, who have apparently, while I wasn’t watching, reunited.

She is quoted as telling Rolling Stone, “Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. I can handle it.”

I thought I could handle it. I thought I could fix it. I thought I could somehow make the situation right.

Now I know that it is unlikely that men who batter will stop battering, even with intervention.

I hope against hope that I’m wrong, but, Rihanna: get out while you can. These guys never change.