Mildred D. Muhammad
"Following the 2009 release of her memoir, Scared Silent, Mildred
Muhammad is back with the follow up to her story after breaking her
silence about the domestic violence she suffered during her marriage to
the executed D.C. Sniper, John Allen Muhammad.
In her second memoir, I'm Still Standing, Mildred Muhammad picks up
where she left off in her first memoir and tells about the compelling
events that occurred during and after the conviction and execution of
her former husband, John Allen Muhammad. We learn what was going through
the minds of their three young children as they faced the reality that
their father was going to be executed for his crimes in the October 2002
sniper killings that took place in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan
Mildred Muhammad describes how she and her children overcame the
difficulties they faced in the wake of the negative media attention and
threats from people in her community who continued the
victim-blaming.The victim-blaming caused her to turn to isolation as a
way of protecting herself and her children, How did Mildred face those
who continued to blame her for the crimes that John had committed?
Gritty, raw, and emotional, Mildred Muhammad's story shows her triumph
over the (external and internal) system that put her in a place of fear
and isolation. Mildred Muhammad's story proves that because of her
resilience, strength and having faith in God and her ability to maneuver
through the process, she can say with confidence, I'm Still Standing!
As an Author, Recognized Speaker, Domestic Abuse/Violence Awareness
Advocate and Survivor, Mildred Muhammad has risen to become a voice for
victims and survivors of domestic violence; especially for the 80% who
do not have physical scars to prove they are victims."
About The Author:
Mildred D. Muhammad is an Award-Winning, Recognized Keynote Speaker,
International Expert Speaker for the US Dept of State, Certified
Consultant w/Office on Victims of Crime, CNN Contributor, Domestic Abuse
Survivor, Advocate, Author, Trainer & Educator traveling and speaking on
a national and international platform to discuss her life of terror,
abuse and heartache, all while promoting Domestic Violence Awareness and
As the ex-wife of the D.C. sniper, John A. Muhammad, who went on a
three-week rampage, with the end result, as stated by law enforcement,
was to find Mildred and kill her too, the very personal details of her
experiences involving fear, abuse and many of times, victim-blaming, has
allowed Mildred’s mission to be even more influential and of greater
purpose. Simply stated, she was a victim who became a survivor and is
now a warrior on the issues of domestic abuse/violence. She shares her
expertise on what it's like to be a victim and a survivor of domestic
violence “without physical scars” to various conferences, seminars,
workshop audiences which include victims and survivors of domestic
violence, advocates, law enforcement professionals, therapists,
counselors, mental and medical health providers, university and college
students as well as conduct military personnel training regarding
domestic violence. Her authenticity is as remarkable as her
unforgettable story of abuse. She explains the perils of PTSD (post
traumatic stress disorder) soldiers suffer when returning from a war
zone as well as victims who are diagnosed with PTSD.
After counseling herself and her children to survive victim-blaming
through the midst of adversity, she transformed her tragic circumstances
into an opportunity to establish ground on all forms of Domestic
Violence that are often overlooked such as verbal, mental, economic,
spiritual, stalking and emotional abuse. With more vocation and not only
speaking of the details and the realities of Domestic Violence, Mildred
makes it her mission to be a vessel of support and healing to all those
affected by Domestic Abuse/Violence.
Her critically acclaimed memoir, Scared Silent: When the One You Love
Becomes the One You Fear, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2009.
Muhammad has self-published two working journals, "A Survivor's Journal"
& "Dare to Heal", as well as "Planning My Escape" (a comprehensive step
by-step safety plan) specifically for victims and survivors to help with
the emotions that others may not understand and strategically leaving an
abusive relationship. Her second and last memoir, "I'm Still Standing"
has been released.
She has received many awards such a Special Commendation presented by
the Office on Violence Against Women, Maya Angelou “Still I Rise”
Award, Shirley Chisholm Woman of Courage Award and REDBOOK Strength &
Spirit HEROES Award, as well as multiple awards from the military
community...just to name a few.
Mildred Muhammad has appeared in the following TV shows: Lifetime Movie
Network Series, “Monster in My Family”; CNN documentary, “The
Minds of the Sniper”; TruTV documentary “The DC Sniper’s Wife”
produced by award-winning producer, Barbara Kopple; Discovery Channel,
“Who The Bleep Did I Marry”; Investigation Channel Series,
“Escaped ~ The Sniper’s Wife: Episode 2; MSNBC documentary, ‘I
Married The Beltway Sniper” and the syndicated TV show, Crime Watch
Mildred Muhammad has been interviewed on Oprah: Where Are They Now,
Anderson, Ricki Lake, Katic Couric, Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell, The
Mike Huckabee Show, TruTV's In Session, Larry King Live, The Tyra Banks
Show, and Good Morning America, and has appeared on BET and other local
and national TV interviews. She has also been interviewed by various
national and international radio shows, internet radio, various national
and international newspapers, and internet blogs and magazines
worldwide, including the BBC, NPR, Essence, Jet, The Washington Post,