By: Carolina Pichardo
If it isn’t for the occasional high-profile case or a Law & Order episode, it seems that domestic violence would be a forgotten issue.
Stats and figures, however, demonstrate a different storyline.
According to the National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence, approximately 3 to 4 million women in the U.S. are battered by their husbands or partners. Although this abuse occurs in different forms, whether physical, emotional or sexual, it could happen to anyone. It does not discriminate based on race, class or age.
One of the most dangerous aspects of domestic violence is the false impression what abuse really entails. For some women, such behavior is natural and often justified: the constant criticism, name-calling, threatening physical harm, destruction of property.
It’s so important that these victims realize that it’s not, and that we—as the strong group that we are—bring that awareness and support.
That’s why I’m marching on Sunday, September 26th with the New York Latinas Against Domestic Violence for the 10th Annual Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk.
Let’s honor and (most importantly) EMPOWER all the women marching that day. If you wish to join us, please RSVP with the Upper Manhattan Experience.
You can also just show up and just meet us there! Gathering begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Fort Washington Heights Presbyterian Church, 21 Wadsworth Avenue, Washington Heights, New York (corner of 174th Streets).
Also, to thank you for your support, we’ll be giving marchers a coupon for a free self-defense/boxing lesson from the Inwood Boxing Academy.