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Project Empowerment - Nicole Sharpe

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Joining Project Empowerment is author, Nicole Sharpe. We will be discussing the challenges for children orphaned by Domestic Violence as well as the Purple Ribbon Council. Nicole Sharpe, born in Brooklyn, New York has been writing as a hobby since the age of 5. The ability to write fictional stories at such an early age served as a defense mechanism as she witnessed countless scenes of domestic violence between her mother and father. Eventually her father murdered her mother on Friday, November 22nd 1991, orphaning her and her two siblings. In 2008, Ms. Sharpe decided to become an advocate of domestic abuse awareness, first by organizing information tables on the subject at her place of employment and then by joining with the Purple Ribbon Council, a charity group whose mission is to raise awareness and engage everyday people in the prevention of domestic abuse. Along with the founder, Donna Bartos, it is also Ms. Sharpe’s wish to have support groups set up across the country for children orphaned by domestic abuse with the help of the Purple Ribbon Council’s Purple Ribbon Fund for Children. It is also her goal to use her experience and voice to join with other advocates to help increase awareness and prevention of the Silent Epidemic of domestic abuse until it is finally eradicated. Ms. Sharpe has spoken at a number of events including the Intimate Partner Violence conference at New York University. She lends her experience regularly to the 3rd year Medical Students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center during their Domestic Violence course. Ms. Sharpe’s memoir, The End of November-Growing Up With Domestic Violence, is her first published book. http://www.purpleribboncouncil.org/

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