3/18/14

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Walkathon

On Saturday, April 5, The Healing Center will host its Third Annual Teen Dating Violence Awareness Walkathon, from Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall. 

Registration for the event will begin at 9:00AM at Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn Heights, followed by a Rally in the Park at 10:00AM.  The walk across Brooklyn Bridge begins at 11:15AM, followed by a News Conference on the steps of City Hall at 12:00 PM at which teen dating violence victims will tell their stories of trauma and recovery.

Bronx-born April Hernandez, nominated for a SAG Guild Award for her role in Freedom Writers and the TV series Dexter, will be one of the featured speakers. Hernandez, a former teen dating abuse victim, is a spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Also invited are Antonia Clemente, Executive Director of The Healing Center, which sponsors the event; State Assembly Member Felix Ortiz; Council Member Mathieu Eugene; Council Members Vincent Gentile and Carlos Menchaca; and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Walkathon partners include Bethlehem Lutheran Church, The Brooklyn DA's Office, Caribbean Women's Health Association, Center for Anti-Violence Education, CONNECT, DJ JuiceE, Forest City Ratner, Girls for Gender Equality, Health First, The Brooklyn Nets, Assembly Members Felix Ortiz and Nicole Malliattakis, and the Brooklyn YWCA.

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