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Mark Hudson
Interim Chief of Police
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Harry Hobbs
Communications Relations Officer
(256) 427-7043


Verizon Wireless & Huntsville Police Department
Join Forces for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Huntsville, Alabama (April 4, 2011)

Initiative, Which Includes Citywide HopeLine Phone Drive, Aimed at Raising Awareness of Sexual Assault During the Month of April



Representatives from Verizon Wireless and the Huntsville Police Department including Police Chief Mark Hudson and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle



10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011



City Hall
City Council Chambers
308 Fountain Circle, Huntsville



Verizon Wireless and the Huntsville Police Department will hold a news conference to kick off “Know It Forward,” a month-long initiative intended to increase awareness about sexual assault during the month of April, which is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Verizon Wireless and the HPD are calling on residents to visit and share the facts about sexual assault with their personal network through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter.


The initiative also includes a community-wide HopeLine phone drive to help bolster community resources for response and prevention. Huntsville residents can donate their no longer used cell phones and accessories from any carrier at the Huntsville Police Department’s Headquarters Public Safety Center as well as their North, South and West precincts during the month of April or any Verizon Wireless store. Phones that can be refurbished are donated to domestic violence and sexual assault organizations to be provided to victims and survivors. Verizon Wireless also sells the parts from phones that cannot be refurbished, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to grants for these organizations.  For more information about HopeLine, please visit


Local businesses and organizations can get involved by requesting a HopeLine donation box for their offices. Simply send an email to


Verizon will also be presenting a donation to the Crisis Services of North Alabama on behalf of the Huntsville Police Department to fund sexual assault awareness programs.


MEDIA:          Contact Kate Jay at 678-339-4828,

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