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Friday, September 18, 2020

Leesburg activist plans workshops to aid victims of domestic violence

Leesburg native Lorrie A. Simmons is bringing her newly created organization, Victory Over Violence of Florida, to the city to help individuals who are suffering from the effects of sexual violence and domestic violence.

The mission of the Tampa-based nonprofit organization is to assist survivors as a resource liaison, education provider, and facilitator of workshops, a news release states.

The first educational workshops are scheduled for 8:30am Saturday, Feb. 24, at CWC Faith Center, 1110 County Road 468, Leesburg. The topics of the two workshops are “Domestic Violence and the Faith Community” and “Recognizing the Signs of Teen Dating Violence.”

The Victory Over Violence Summit will feature guest facilitator Tamiko Lowry-Pugh, an suthor, activist, and founder of the Still Standing Foundation of Atlanta.

Ticket prices begin at $10 for individuals and $18 for an individual who is accompanied by a teenager. The price includes the two educational workshops, continental breakfast, lunch, survivor stories, local vendors, and life-changing information for community leaders and families. Tickets can be purchased at vovsummit2018.eventbrite.com. Donations and sponsorships on behalf of a local survivor to support this community event also can be made on the Eventbrite site or mailed to 15415 Feather Star Place, Ruskin, FL 33573. Please include your business or sponsorship information for recognition during the event.

 

About Lorrie Simmons

Lorrie is founder and president of Victory Over Violence, which she created because of the overwhelming need to bring awareness of the effects of domestic violence and sexual violence in families within her community, the release states. She has been ministering and mentoring for more than 22 years, and is a survivor of both sexual and domestic violence. Her vision is to empower people with education and connect victims to resources. For more information about the summit, contact Lorrie at 352.348.2244 or email vovfoundationfl@gmail.com.

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