Denise Brown, Sister of Nicole Brown Simpson, to Speak at HUB

Public speaker and sister of Nicole Brown Simpson, Denise Brown, will speak at Heritage Hall in the HUB on October 6.

When her sister Nicole was famously murdered — for which her ex-husband O.J. Simpson was tried and acquitted — Brown began raising awareness against domestic violence, which accounts for the death of four females per day in the United States. Sponsored by the Center for Women Students, Brown will share her life story and speak about the domestic violence epidemic.

Possibly the second-most recognizable face of the O.J. Simpson trial, Brown famously testified against her former brother-in-law, calling for his conviction in an effort to bring consciousness to the domestic violence against his slain former wife.

Twenty years ago, amidst the trial, Brown started the Nicole Brown Foundation to further illuminate the dangers of domestic violence. She recently penned a column in Time, arguing that domestic violence is still a prominent issue and one not fully comprehended. She referenced both Ray Rice, the suspended NFL running back who was captured punching his fiancée on an elevator security camera, as well as Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius who was recently found not guilty of murder after fatally shooting his girlfriend.

The Ray Rice case reflects our misunderstanding of what domestic violence is,” Brown said in Time. “The Oscar Pistorius case reminds me so much of what happened to Nicole, with the victim defending her partner and the batterer blaming the victim.”

Brown’s talk will begin around 6:30 p.m in Heritage Hall in the HUB and will be free to students courtesy of Penn State Student Affairs.

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Ben Berkman

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