HIALEAH, FL – The vicious cycle can take many different forms. It may introduce itself with a yell or a slammed door. It can continue with an insult that makes one feel belittled. With aggression rising, next is a possible tight grasp of the arm, a push, a slap, a punch, a forced sexual act. But at what point are these behaviors considered a problem? When is the right time to stand up and speak out? There is only one correct answer: FROM THE VERY BEGINNING! Domestic abuse and teen dating violence plague our communities and households (at the local, national and international sphere) every single day. Too often, these emotionally and physically abused victims lose their voice or find excuses out of intimidation and fear: “It’s nobody’s business,” “I don’t want to get them in trouble,” “it was my fault.” The National Coalition against Domestic Violence reports that in the United States, on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. Over the span of 1 year, that adds up to over 10 million people. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Our youth is being affected as well; DoSomething.org reports that roughly 1.5 million high school students in the U.S admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with. It has been shown that when teens are exposed to this kind of abuse, it can lead to violent behavior, alcoholism and suicidal thoughts in their adulthood. But we will not stand idly by as this problem continues to plague our community: Florida National University (FNU), Dr. Jose Regueiro Foundation Inc. and FNU’s POWERHOUSE are taking a stand!
On Thursday, October 27th at 10AM, we are collectively hosting The Many Faces of Domestic and Teen Dating Violence Rally at Florida National University’s Hialeah Campus. At FNU, we pride ourselves on taking action and creating awareness against issues that are detrimental to our multicultural communities. To prepare for this rally, FNU called upon its POWERHOUSE steering committee, a group of the community’s most elite and diverse leaders, to hold a meeting and brainstorm ideas on how we can put a stop domestic and teen dating violence. On September 1st, 2016, these individuals filled FNU’s Golden Room (The University’s primary meeting place) with passion, creativity, and calls to action!
The rally will be an inspiring event that will gather community members from all walks of life, of all ages, around one common goal: Putting a STOP to the violence. FNU President/CEO Dr. Maria C. Regueiro proclaimed: “We must raise awareness and assure that the relationships in our community, especially those of our impressionable youths, are healthy and free of abuse or fear. Domestic violence and teen dating violence are horrific crimes that must be continually addressed. Join us at our collaborative rally, and together, we will continue to feverishly seek the eradication of these devastating crimes.”
Some great local sponsors will also be providing food/refreshments, music, and special guest speakers, making this a fun event that the whole family can enjoy!
Who: Florida National University. Dr. Jose Regueiro Foundation Inc. FNU’s POWERHOUSE.
What: The Many Faces of Domestic and Teen Dating Violence Rally
When: Thursday, October 27th, 2016. 10AM.
Where: FNU Hialeah Campus- 4425 W. 20th Avenue (Jose Regueiro Avenue), Hialeah, FL 33012