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AGTS News: AGTS cosponsors showing of documentary film on domestic violence

Sin by Silence, a documentary film focusing on domestic violence from a survivor’s perspective, will be shown at Evangel University at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Barnett Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.

Sin by Silence is an emotionally packed documentary that examines the stories of women incarcerated for killing an abusive partner. The film examines the system in place to help women gain independence from these relationships and helps educate the public about the tragedy of domestic violence.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director, Olivia Klaus (daughter of President Byron D. Klaus), and Brenda Clubine who is featured in the film and was released from prison in Oct. 2008, after serving 26 years.

“Many women who are currently in verbally or emotionally abusive relationships do not realize the danger ahead,” explains Brenda Clubine. “I know firsthand the dangers that are ahead.”

Clubine worked tenaciously to found the first U.S. prison support group led by inmates, Convicted Women Against Abuse. Her mission was to educate women about the cycle of domestic violence, and during the past two decades the women of CWAA have helped change laws for battered women and raise awareness for those on the outside.

This screening is sponsored by the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Evangel University Social Work Club and Evangel University Psi Chi Honor Society.

For additional information about this showing, contact Dawnetta Cooper at 417-865-2815 ext. 8622 or go to

An additional showing will take place Wednesday, October 28, at 7 p.m. at Landers Theatre (downtown), sponsored by Springfield Regional Arts Council and Missouri Film Alliance of Springfield, donations to benefit the Family Violence Center and Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Updated: Friday, October 9, 2009 9:43 AM

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