(L - R) - Ms. Jayda Palau, Ms. Zelideth Diaz-Hatch, Ms. Tanya Carrion, Master of Ceremonies Jose Rivera, Ms. Alison Santiago, and Ms. Meryland Cuevas-Canela.
"THERE IS LIFE AFTER ABUSE"
That was the theme of the 5th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness event held at the UFT Bronx headquarters. It was to teach people that while a person (men as well as women) that there is life after abuse.
It was a quick four and a half hours as there were many different segments of this event. There were 'Life Stories' by some who have experienced Domestic Violence. You could see real tears as the speakers told their stories, and real concerns they had while in the abuse part of a relationship, but also fears of what may happen now that those relationships have ended. The stories were very different, telling some of the many horrors of Domestic Violence, and what it does to the victims other than the injuries. The lack of belief of the story by some of those in authority,
Two elected officials were present who spoke, Assemblyman and Bronx Democratic County Leader Marcos Crespo, and recently elected 87th A.D. District Leader John Perez. While Assemblyman Crespo spoke of his travels to Puerto Rico with Governor Cuomo, District Leader Perez spoke of the Domestic Violence he had endured during a marriage.
There was different entertainment as you will see in the photos, Zumba, children performing, and singers where people went up front to dance.
Above - Event organizer Tanya Carrion stands with Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (r), and District Leader John Perez (l).
Below - Ms. Jayda Palau told a very revealing story of her Domestic Violence that she endured.
Above - Assemblyman Marcos Crespo congratulates Ms. Palau for telling her story of abuse.
Below - District Leader John Perez tells of a very bad case of abuse his former wife hurled on him while they were married.
Above - A song by Juanky.
Below - The Skk Dancers.
Above - Miguel and John Q in a song performance.
Below - Ms. Tanya Carrion joins with Ms. Jayda Palau and others to dance to the music.
A group photo with Miguel and Jon Q, Emcee Jose Rivera, and the Domestic Violence survivors who came up to dance.