Reading Eagle 2013

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Film Lends Domestic Violence Victims a Voice Patricia Snyder’s voice cracked as she spoke. “Please bear with me,” she said, clasping the podium. “I just saw parts of that film for the first time tonight.” Segments of the unfinished documentary titled “Finding Jenn’s Voice” had just played at the Miller Center for the Arts auditorium at Reading Area Community College. The film tells the story of her daughter, Jennifer Snyder of Lehigh Valley, who was killed by her romantic partner in 2011. The Wednesday night screening of excerpts from the documentary was part of the Silent Witness Project re-dedication ceremony, sponsored by Berks Women in Crisis. The project consists of life-sized red silhouettes that memorialize 46 Berks County residents who were victims of fatal domestic violence. The event has been held since 2002 as a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Tracy Schott, Reading resident and producer, director and writer of the film, spoke of the hard truths she’s learned during the 21/2 years she’s been shooting the documentary. “I was floored to come across the statistic that said homicide was the leading cause of death during pregnancy,” she said. READ ON