Bikers ride to fight domestic abuse - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Bikers ride to fight domestic abuse

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - In leather vests studded with rhinestones the "Sisters With A Throttle" or "SWAT" rode into to Battlefield Park.  It was all part of the first ride to end domestic violence in Jackson.

"We are here, not only as a motorcycle organization, but as a community driven organization to combat domestic violence and sexual assault against women," said SWAT President Keisha Varnell.

National reports showed that for every 100,000 women in this state, two die each year from violence at home.

"We have too many women who are living in silence at home, being physically and emotionally injured and we need to try to put an end to it," said Kim Catchings.  She is the Vice President for Motosteps, a motorcycle safety and training organization.

Demeara Jackson, known as "Black China" to the SWAT riders, understands what it is like to be in a abusive relationship.

"I was 16 years old when it began.  When I got out I was 23.  So I am a survivor.  I'm a witness that you can walk away from it.  There's life after it," said Jackson.

She shared her story to help other women trapped in a similar situation.

"I walked away from all of it and I started my whole life over again.  If I did it I'm standing here today, you can do it too," said Jackson.

 For more information on domestic violence and help go to http://www.mcadv.org/ or call the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 1 800-898-3234 or after hours at 1 800-799-7233.

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