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Rihanna: 'My TV Interview Will Save Lives'

Nov 10, 2009 | 4:09am EST

Rihanna is proud that she discussed the abuse she suffered at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown on TV, insisting the interview is already saving lives..

The "Umbrella" singer opened up about her February fight with Brown, which left her battered and bruised, in a chat with journalist Diane Sawyer on news show 20/20 last week.

The 21-year-old insists she agreed to appear on the program in order to "give insight to young women who have been through what I have" -- and she's convinced that talking about the assault, which landed Brown a hefty community service sentence, has already inspired scores of people in similar situations to seek help.

She says, "(The fan response has been) insane, and for a little statistic, there's the national domestic violence hotline and their calls went up by 59 percent. And the helpline geared towards teenagers went up 73 percent since the interview. So it's actually helping save lives."

An estimated eight million viewers tuned in to see Rihanna detail the violent sequence of events for the first time on 20/20.

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