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“They don’t have to go to church or Bible study, but they have to participate in the curriculum, which is Christ-centered,” Mr. Robinson said.

Rihanna speaks, Brown on MTV

Rihanna, the Barbados-born protege of hip-hop entrepreneur Jay-Z who was beaten by boyfriend Chris Brown in February, is speaking out on domestic violence. She says she leaned on faith, family and friends to recover. She has an interview in Glamour magazine and one with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, which aired Thursday on “Good Morning America” and will be rebroadcast today on “20/20.”

Rihanna, whose family’s last name is Fenty, said she turned to God because she felt alone.

“My friends and family have been extremely supportive, and everyone has been there for me. But at some point, you are there alone. It’s a lonely place to be - no one can understand. That’s when you get close to God,” the 21-year-old singer said.

Brown, 20, pleaded guilty to the attack and is serving a community-service sentence. The judge also ordered him to stay away from Rihanna for five years. Brown, who sang in a church choir as a youngster, told MTV in an interview that airs this evening that nine months ago he lashed out at his then-girlfriend in “anger” without thinking.

Mandatory anger-management counseling is part of his sentencing.

Rihanna said she was taken aback by the media attention, the photo of her battered face on the Internet and the public reaction.

“It has taught me so much,” she told Glamour. “I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears. That was the level of media chaos that happened the next day. It was like: ‘What? There are helicopters circling my house? There are 100 people in my cul-de-sac? What do you mean, I can’t go back home?’ … I felt completely taken advantage of … like people were making it into a fun topic … and it’s my life. I was disappointed, especially when I found out the photo was [supposedly leaked by] two women.”