Alternatives to Violence sets date for virtual annual event

LOVELAND — Alternatives to Violence will be hosting its annual Purple Ribbon Event virtually this year. The event raises awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, which have seen increases during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fundraising event will be noon to 1 p.m. on April 8. Attendees can register at https://atv-pre.eventbrite.com.

“We have been seeing an increase in calls from domestic abuse victims especially during the coronavirus pandemic,” Kari Clark, executive director of Alternatives to Violence, said in a press release. “Unfortunately, we had to cancel last year’s event, but we need this event more than ever to help keep our phone lines and doors open to help the increasing need. Although we can’t get together in person, we can still make an impact by coming together virtually.” 

“The Purple Ribbon Virtual Event will feature special guest speaker Mildred D. Muhammad. Muhammad is the ex-wife of the Washington, D.C., sniper John A. Muhammad, who went on a three-week rampage cac the intent to ultimately find and kill her. Muhammad will open up with personal details of her experience involving fear and abuse. She will share her expertise and challenges on what it’s like to be a victim and survivor of domestic violence,” the organization said in its press release.

Muhammad is an international expert speaker for the U.S. Department of State, certified consultant with the Office on Victims of Crime and CNN contributor. 

Those wishing to be an event ambassador or sponsor should contact Clark at 970-669-5150 or kari.clark@alternativestoviolence.org. For those who cannot attend the event, but wish to contribute to Alternatives to Violence, can donate at paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=KFHMRKTA6YTWC  .

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