Walking down South 3rd Street toward the 90th Precinct in Williamsburg, marchers chanted things like, “domestic violence is a crime, if you do it you’ll do time,” and “no more violence, no more silence.”
The march began at two locations, one at Junior High School 50’s parking lot and the other on Johnson Avenue between Manhattan and Granham avenues. Organizers decided to start one of the groups that participated in the march at the Johnson Avenue location because one building on that block has been dubbed, “The Emma Feliciano Building.” It is named in honor of a female domestic violence victim who was murdered by her partner.
Ramon Pegureo, executive director of Los Sures, said he won't stop fighting against domestic violence until, “our mothers, our daughters, our wives, our grandmothers and our families could be safe.”
“We join forces with not only the North Brooklyn Coalition, but each and every one of you to say no more violence,” he told the crowd. “Peace at home and we will have a great community.”
Victims of domestic violence, who asked not to be put named or photographed, shared their stories. One by one, women gathered the strength to tell the crowd about their personal experiences as they choked back tears and spoke about being happy they were still alive.
“I want to assure you that any concerns, anything you people need, we’re here, just walk right in,” Michael Kemper, deputy inspector of the 90th Precinct, told the crowd, adding that his officers take the issue of domestic violence very seriously,
Juan Ramos of Community Driven Solutions gave some hard numbers with regard to women being victims.
“The statistics show us that one in four women will be a victim to domestic violence,” he said. “They’ll tell us that 50 percent of women who attend college or go to high school will be victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault.”