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Bikers ride to end domestic violence

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Bikers from across the state revved up to join the fight against domestic violence Sunday.

Motorcyclists gathered at Big Lots on I-55 for the third annual Ride2End Domestic Violence.

The event is hosted by the motorcycle club Sisters With a Throttle or SWAT M-C.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The female bike club started off the national observance with a ride through the Capital City to get the community talking about an issue that is often kept silent.

"Domestic Violence isn't just a family issue. It isn't a private issue. It's a community issue, and it affects everyone. So I'm hoping that everybody walks away with the spirit to help end domestic violence in our state," said Sisters With A Throttle President Keisha Varnell.

"A lot of people think about motorcycle clubs as somewhat of gangs or thugs, but we're normal people. We have normal lives and normal families and we just want to be a positive light to give back," said Calvin "Superman" Russell with the Rough Riders of Hattiesburg.

The ride ended with a rally at Smith Park in downtown Jackson.

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