CINCINNATI - Tanya Brown stopped by 9 On Your Side on Saturday to talk about the loss of her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson. In 1994, Nicole's husband, former football star O.J. Simpson, was found liable for her death in a civil lawsuit.
Brown now travels the country speaking about her sister's life in a violent relationship and how domestic violence victims can find the resources needed to escape an abusive relationship.
"It's time we really start talking about it. We've been talking about it but let's really bring out the tools and the support and the resources. You know, you are not alone in this and so many women and children and men, because men are battered to, feel so alone," Brown said. "There is no where for me to go. There are no resources. Who do I talk to? Call 1-800-799-SAFE. It's an anonymous phone number. There are resources. They will guide you on where you need to go."
18 years after her sister's murder, Brown finds Nicole is still having an impact on people she never even met. On Friday night, a stranger tapped Brown on her shoulder during dinner at a restaurant.
"She told me it was the murder of your sister that finally made my decision to leave my abusive situation,"
Brown said. "How can I not be proud of my sister for that, for reaching people?"
Brown was the keynote speaker for the Holiday Heels for Healing fundraiser organized by LifePoint Solutions' Women of Worth program at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza on Saturday.
"Time and talking heals," Brown added. "Yeah we always say time heals but you also have to talk. Our family is very cohesive. We have each other to talk to and to vent to. I really encourage people to talk about their pain, their issues, their concerns because you can find yourself in very compromising positions."
In November, convicted Tri-State killer Glen Rogers claimed he killed Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in a documentary that aired on Discovery. Brown didn't give it much thought.
"We've heard so many things over the last 18 years," Brown said. "You become so de-sensitized to things like that. I don't pay attention."
Instead, her focus remains on raising awareness about domestic violence and remembering Nicole.
"The holidays, there is a loss. There is a missing link but for the most part Nicole is very much in our lives and in our home. It's been 18 years. We've had some time. So we do enjoy the holidays."
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