<p><span></span>Being a victim of abuse herself, <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=Taylor Armstrong&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Taylor Armstrong</strong></a> talks with <em>Life & Style</em> about her fears for <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=rihanna&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Rihanna</strong></a>, who has reunited personally and professionally with her abusive ex-boyfriend <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=chris brown&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Chris Brown</strong></a>.</p>
"I hope they'll make a statement about what transpired over the past three years that makes it safe for them to be around each other now," Taylor, author of the New York Times best seller Hiding From Reality, shares in the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now.
"If someone has slapped you, shoved you or pushed you, things will always escalate. They don't get better -- they get worse -- unless some type of intervention is done via therapy or separation."
Taylor, 40, hopes Chris, 22, will take the first steps toward explaining his actions. "He needs to come out and say, 'I did something really wrong, and let me tell you what I've done since then to be a better person," says the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star. "This is a real opportunity for him to step up and be a man."
In February 2009, Chris brutally attacked Rihanna after a Grammy party. That following June, he pleaded guilty to felony assault and received up to five years probation. A restraining order was issued, but in February 2011 it was downgraded to a level-one order, which allows Chris to have contact with Rihanna.
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