Singer Rihanna Joined Forces With Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey To Help Domestic Violence Victims As COVID-19
- Rihanna and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have combined their efforts to help the victims of domestic violence while most of the world stays closed due to the Coronavirus.
- Domestic violence cases have increased as citizens are forced to stay indoors.
- Jack Dorsey and Rihanna have pledged $4.2 million to help the victims of violence in the home.
The lockdown and quarantine placed on various countries in a bid to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus have caused an increased number of domestic violence cases, especially in the USA.
In addition to this, the victims are being turned away from shelters as they are already full or afraid of the pandemic. Domestic violence victims have been stuck inside their homes resulting in a sharp increase in the number of these cases.
Celebrity singer Rihanna and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have pledged $4.2 million combined to help the issue. The increased cases of violence in the home have caused at least 90 people turned down from domestic violence and women shelters.
The amount they have donated will enough to provide food and shelter for 90 people for around 10 weeks.
A week later, Rapper Jay-Z has also teamed up with them, donating $6.2 million to the cause.
The celebrity team has donated to Doctors Without Borders, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, the Mayor’s Fund To Advance New York City, and Covenant House New Orleans among some of the foundations.
The collaboration comes after Jack Dorsey donated $1 Billion, equivalent to 28% of his wealth to the Coronavirus relief cause through the StartSmall charity that is a charity co-founded by Leonardo DiCaprio.
RiRi Was Assaulted By Her Then-Boyfriend Chris Brown
Rihanna herself has been the victim of domestic violence as her former partner Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting her on June 22, 2009.
An argument between the pair escalated into a physical fight around 12:30 a.m. on February 8, 2009. After the incident, she had a lot of scars, and although the police policy was not to name the female victim, media revealed the victim to be Rihanna.
Brown got no jail time for the crime and was given 5 years of probation.
Rihanna had also revealed that her father used to beat her mom when she was a kid.
Other High Profile Domestic Violence Cases
Another high-profile case of domestic violence, allegedly, is of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. The duo has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons for almost 5 years as their dispute rages on even after getting divorced in January 2017.
It has not yet been confirmed who is the culprit in their alleged domestic violence case as there is evidence to support the claims from both sides. TMZ published a video where Heard films Depp in a rage, breaking a wine bottle in an argument with her.
Lionel Richie is also a victim of domestic abuse; he was physically assaulted by Brenda Harvey after she found out he was cheating on her in 1988. Many people are unfamiliar with the fact that one in three cases, victims of domestic abuse is male (according to some estimates).
Madonna is another celebrity singer who was physically abused by a former celebrity partner. She and Sean Penn were together in the 1980s, and rumors of physical arguments between the pair were constantly in the media. They were married from 1985 to 1989.
An incident of the pair surfaced when Penn allegedly beat her for 9 hours straight. To this day, the truth about their alleged domestic disputes has been kept under wraps.
One of the most infamous cases of spousal abuse came was of Tina Turner and Ike Turner. Ike beat Tina on multiple occasions; he was so brutally aggressive that he almost killed her several times.
On top of beating her, Ike also raped her regularly, making their case one of the most infamous cases of spousal abuse and marital rape.
Tina herself had said that she was so mentally down that she wanted to take Ike’s life by shooting him when he slept. Their marriage ended in 1978.
In 2009, the same year as the Rihanna-Brown abuse case, Mariah Carey came out and said that one of her ex-boyfriends was mentally and emotionally abusive towards her.