City of Yonkers to Host Second Walk Against Sexual Abuse of Our Children

Yo Digo No Mas/I Say No More movement, The City of Yonkers, and Yonkers Public Schools District are leading an important walk to raise awareness of sexual abuse through prevention and education.

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Yonkers, NY: The Second Annual Walk Against Sexual Abuse of Our Children will take place in Yonkers on April 29th, when thousands of supporters will join the movement to raise their voices against sexual abuse of our children.

Maria Trusa, Survivor and Founder of Yo Digo No Mas/I Say No More (YDNM), calls the community, parents, teachers, and sexual abuse survivors to join the march. “It is important that everybody understands the urgency to stop the cycle of sexual abuse of our children. We must break the silence and end a “silent pandemic.” Yo Digo No Mas/I Say No More’s mission is to advocate for children suffering in silence from their trauma. Let’s work together and support to preserve our children’s innocence!

Last year, the First Walk was led by the Mayor of Yonkers, Mike Spano, who survived a traumatic childhood incident. He opened up about his experience on the Yo Digo No Mas YouTube show to help others.

“With every step is a moment of strength for every survivor during this march. Together in Yonkers, we say no more and stand as a community. Let’s continue these important conversations and help others with their healing journeys”, said Spano.

“The school district is committed to educate and heighten awareness about sexual abuse of children,” noted Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada. “We know that access to accurate information and resources is vital for school personnel and families who are dealing with suffering children. With knowledge, we can help children feel safe and support them towards building resilience, giving them a voice to cope and thrive despite this traumatic event.”

On April 29th at 11:00 am, the walk will begin at City Hall in Yonkers and finish at Eugenio Maria de Hostos MicroSociety School, where participants can enjoy food, music, and family activities. For April and May, the movement will host workshops led by psychologists and therapists to provide information and education to children, parents, and caregivers. Join us!

About Yo Digo No Mas (I Say No More)

Yo Digo No Más, a non-profit organization that has launched a global movement to raise awareness of the high prevalence of sexual abuse happening to our children with a strong focus on Latino communities, which helps break the cycle of sexual abuse through prevention and education, and provide mental health resources and tools for survivors and families.

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