Breaking the silence on domestic violence

Ayers-Marsh said the dynamic of silence often starts with abused children, they get hardwired into silence; In silence there is safety. She said how important breaking the silence is, it breaks open the cage.

"The movie was so real it transported me," Ayers-Marsh said, "The situation was different, but the sense of always walking on eggshells, the entrapment was the same."

Brown said that an important ingredient is to educate the perpetrators. There is programming in place through the system, but it is still underdeveloped.

About the filmmaker

Thato Rantao Mwosa is a filmmaker concentrating on African themes, as well as important life issues. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston. Rantao Mwosa has a background working in non-profit organizations where she started her career as a peace activist. Rantao Mwosa, who is originally from Botswana, currently lives in Boston. She discovered Bret Moses in Boston in 2004. Moses has worked in the film industry since 2001, during which time he has worked on 11 films -- seven on which he served as Director of Photography, responsible for the filming and lighting crews, and editor for eight. He recently moved his production house from Exeter, N.H., back to his hometown of Marcellus.

Moses said he had seen the film so many times in production, but seeing it with his wife at the Palace, it was evident that the love he shares with his wife is a blueprint of what their baby daughter sees and the path she will take in life.

For more information about the film contact Elisa Morales, who is a Vera House Advocate who organized this event, 425-0818, x220 or emorales@verahouse.org.

The Silent Witness project is nationwide

Silent Witness is an initiative to stop domestic violence developed by the Junior League of Syracuse. It is a traveling exhibit, part of a larger exhibit nationwide with the goal of ending domestic violence homicides by the year 2010. Skaneateles' Welch Allyn is one of the sponsors for the Syracuse area Silent Witness, along with Verizon.

About Vera House

Vera House, Inc., is a not-for-profit agency serving victims of domestic and sexual violence. Vera House program and services include: 24-hour crisis and support lines, emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their families, sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy and short-term counseling services, youth programs, community education and professional development presentations, the alternatives education and accountability program for men who have been abusive to their female partners, and the work of the Syracuse Area Domestic & Sexual Violence Coalition.

Visit the agency's website for more detailed information.

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