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'Silence killed my sister:' Music video honors Nicole Brown Simpson, aims to help abuse victims

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Twenty-three years ago today, OJ Simpson was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman. Now, a new music video is raising awareness about domestic violence, in Nicole's honor.

Prosecutors in the OJ Simpson trial argued Nicole was abused for years before she was killed. Nicole Brown's sister, Tanya Brown, tells News 4, if this music video saves just one life, it's worth it. 

"Silence killed my sister," Tanya Brown said. "Now it's a different story... now it's not about him, it's now about survivors (and) domestic violence. Really at the end of the day is to, kind of like a Rodney King thing, why can't we all just get along?"

Brown says her sister never reached out to her about any abuse. Her older sister, Denise did testify about alleged abuse at the trial. But looking back, she realizes there may have been warning signs.

"In hindsight, now I kind of see things, like oh, 'that's why she always wore sunglasses, even inside.'"

She hopes this video and song will help other 'Nicoles' to reach out if they need help.

"If you watch it, you'll just go, 'My God that is power,'" she said. "The universal language is really music and a smile."

The creators of the music video want to see it helping victims as well.  

"This song is really a call to action," said Renee Sotile. 

Renee Sotile and MJ Godges wrote the song and did the camerawork for the video. They came up with the idea for the song about two years ago, and reached out to Tanya. In their interview with Channel 4, MJ sported purple hair in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Renee wore a purple necklace. 

Renee is from Rochester, but was working as a photographer in Los Angeles during the OJ trial, and was inside the courtroom. 

"It just stayed with me," she said. "And I saw how Nicole was getting lost and lost and lost."

Both women said they want the song to live on and help victims of domestic abuse in years to come. 

"We're using Nicole's name as a metaphor, so even for the next generation and the generation after that, who don't know her, it's ok they don't know a Nicole or they may be a Nicole," Sotile said. "We sing a lot of songs with names in it, but we can still relate to it."

If you, or someone you know, are in an abusive situation, you can call the National Domestic Violence confidential hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or click here for more information. 

To watch the full music video, click here.


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