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Reese Witherspoon appears in a still from the movie Four Christmases. / Singers Rihanna and Chris Brown performs at Z100 Jingle Ball 2008 at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 in New York. - Provided courtesy of New Line Cinema / AP / Evan Agostini

Reese Witherspoon uses Chris Brown and Rihanna to educate kids about domestic violence

02/29/2012 by Olivia Allin

Reese Witherspoon offered her opinion about Chris Brown and Rihanna's case at Avon's Speak Out About Domestic Violence event on Tuesday, February 28.

"Every case is different," Witherspoon told the Washington Post on Tuesday. "There's obviously room for growth and change in lots of people's lives. I don't know either one of them, so I can't really comment about their lives. But it was one of those experiences that actually created a great opportunity to talk to your kids about domestic violence issues."

Brown assaulted Rihanna, who was his girlfriend at the time, after a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service and was ordered by the courts to receive domestic violence courses for a year.

"People need to understand this is happening in one in three households in America," the 35-year-old actress continued. "We have to end the cycle, because we're teaching children to be victims and abusers."

Last week, the former couple released two songs which feature guest vocals from one another. Rihanna recorded a remix of her song "Birthday Cake" featuring Brown that includes sexually charged lyrics. Brown also recorded a remix of his song "Turn Up the Music" which features Rihanna.

It is unclear if the two were in the same studio when recording the new tracks.

Witherspoon is actively involved in children's and women's advocacy organizations, including Save the Children, the Children's Defense Fund and the Avon Foundation, which focuses on breast cancer research and the prevention of domestic violence.

"As a woman and a mother I care deeply about the well being of other women and children throughout the world and through the years, I have always looked for opportunities to make a difference," the "Walk the Line" actress told Reuters in 2007, when she was named Avon's Global Ambassador.

Witherspoon married CAA agent Jim Toth in a private ceremony in March 2011 at her ranch estate in Ojai, California.

The couple became engaged in December after dating for about a year. This marks the second marriage for the actress, who was married to Phillippe, 36, between 1999 and 2008. She has two children from her first marriage, daughter Ava, 12 and son Deacon, 8.

"We talk about domestic violence and what that means," Witherspoon told People magazine on Tuesday of educating her kids. "Although the concept is somewhat foreign to them, they're starting to understand that this happens to families in our country and all throughout the world."

Witherspoon said that her children have also talked about Rihanna and Chris Brown's specific case.

"My daughter knows what happened. My son knows as well," the Oscar winner continued. "We talk about what is abuse. I think it's important to talk to our daughters - and our sons - in order to educate them at an early age about what's appropriate and what is absolutely not acceptable."

Witherspoon recently appeared opposite Chris Pine and Tom Hardy in "This Means War." The actors play two CIA agents who are best friends fighting over the same woman, played by Witherspoon. The agents wage an epic battle against one another while Witherspoon's character tries to determine which man is a better match for her.

The actress will next appear opposite Matthew McConaughey in "Mud," which is slated for release in 2013 and follows two teenage boys who encounter a fugitive and help him escape.

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