BENEFITING: TRINITY HEALING CENTER INC
Mia Lentinello wrote -Many of us have heard the statistic 1 in 3 teens are victims of Teen Dating Violence. It’s on many domestic violence websites and is a staple of the work we do in educating on the subject and eradicating teen dating violence. However, the climate has changed. Today in America and around the world we must evolve the conversation and our work to addressing the needs of teens from marginalized communities and the intersectionalities of oppression. We must address the fact that teen dating violence is heavily influenced by racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia. We must align ourselves as allies with other social justice movements as a core element in an effective way of eliminating violence in our intimate relationships and our communities. The most important function of this walk is to demonstrate to NYC, America, and the world that our youth are not alone and help is available. The NYC Teen Dating Awareness Walk-A-Thon gives a platform to the voices of Youth which is critical in having any conversation about preventing teen dating violence and the overall goal of creating safe communities. We must all stand together in solidarity because it takes a village to awaken a movement.