Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera was joined by students from Bronx Community College, Lehman College, Fordham University, Mercy College, and Hostos Community College at Mercy College for the fourth annual walk against domestic violence. “Walk With Me” is a state-wide initiative organized by Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera in which students from campuses across New York State march in silent procession to raise awareness about domestic violence.
The event took place in the Naomi Rivera Atrium for Social Awareness and Learning at Mercy College. Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, Councilman Joel Rivera, Dr. Kimberly Cline, President of Mercy College, and Marques Payne, Student Body President at Mercy College were among the distinguished guests who spoke eloquently about the impact of domestic violence.
Following the program in the atrium Assemblywoman Rivera led the students in a silent march. To show support to victims of domestic violence many students were adorned with make up and bandages while others held signs that read “you may not see my scars, but I am a victim of domestic violence.”
Teen advocates from Planned Parenthood of New York City performed a skit demonstrating the realities of this issue in the lives of teens. They were accompanied by Dana Czuczka, associate vice president for Governmental Affairs and Caroline Mello, manager of Political Affairs for Planned Parenthood.