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Sin by Silence
"A documentary about breaking the cycle of domestic violence"
17 years old
United States

Last Login: 4/8/2008

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Who is not, but should be newsworthy today?
It has been less than 40 years since our country finally began to take notice of what was happening behind closed doors. Only over the last 20 years have researchers begun to explore the lives and experiences of battered women who killed their abusive male partners due to the startling evidence found in the area of domestic violence. It was just in 1994 that Congress finally passed the Violence Against Women Act which funds services for victims of rape and domestic violence, allows women to seek civil rights remedies for gender-related crimes, and provides training to increase police and court officials' sensitivity. Why has there not been any progress, government funding or awareness about the issue of domestic violence any sooner? It is vital that we act to stop the cycle of domestic violence because women are being beaten, and very little is being done to stop and to help prevent that fact.
What current events or circumstances should receive more news coverage?
Tragically, domestic violence remains an unavoidable threat to the fabric of all families and the well-being of society's future. Excuses, relationship complexities and the pervasive cultural ideology that private matters should remain private have made domestic violence the number one cause of injury to women today - more than rape, muggings and automobile accidents COMBINED. Yet, domestic violence is not a new phenomenon. It has existed since the beginning of time. Yet, society has only recently begun to recognize the tragedy of violence against women as a social problem of extraordinary proportions.
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From behind prison walls, SIN BY SILENCE reveals a would-be silent world of five extraordinary women who are domestic violence's living worst-cast scenarios. Their voices teach us about the important complexities in violent relationships and the appalling lack of options available to women in a modern day society.

For over six years, the director of SIN BY SILENCE, Olivia Klaus, attended meetings at the California Institution for Women and built incredibly close relationships with each of the women, carefully capturing stories they never before felt capable of giving voice to. While most of the women in SIN BY SILENCE may remain in prison for the remainder of their lives, their focus is not on their own struggles. These women are committed to helping others understand the reality of domestic violence. Through their stories of terror and hope, the viewer can begin to understand the cycle of violence, the signs of an abuser, and how each and every one of us is responsible for changing the tragedy of domestic violence.
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"Convicted Survivors" by Dr. Elizabeth Leonard
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