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COLLEGE BRIDES WALK RAISES AWARENESS OF DOMESTIC AND DATING VIOLENCE

North Miami, FL – 2/7/2012

North Miami, FL – February 7, 2012 – The 2nd ANNUAL COLLEGE BRIDES WALK will bring together seven South Florida universities and several elected officials to raise awareness about dating violence among teens and young adults. North Miami Mayor Andre D. Pierre, Esq. will lead off the College Brides Walk as it marches its way from Barry University and makes a loop through North Miami. The event is coordinated by Josie Ashton and several university partners.

What: 2012 College Brides Walk
When: Friday, February 10, 2012
Time: Check in at 11:00 AM
Walk starts: 1:00 PM
From Barry University, Broad Auditorium, 11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33161
Route: Barry to Johnson & Wales to FIU North Campus, then back to Barry.

About the College Brides Walk: The College Brides Walk will kick off Friday, February 10, 2012 at Barry University in Miami Shores. The Walk is intended to raise awareness about domestic/dating violence among college and high school students. This free event is open to both men and women. Check in begins at 11:00 AM in front of Broad Auditorium. Speakers include survivors of domestic violence, community leaders and activists. Women are encouraged to wear wedding gowns or dress in white, men are encouraged to wear tuxedos or to dress in black. Wedding gowns are worn in memory of Gladys Ricart who was murdered in 1999 in Ridgefield, NJ, while preparing for her wedding. Agustin Garcia, Ricart’s ex-boyfriend, entered her house and shot her five times in front of her son, nieces and nephews who were all attending high school and college at the time of the shooting and who were shocked by her murder. Domestic violence does not only affect women who are victimized by their husbands. Domestic violence affects girls, boys, women and men. It affects both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. It affects all cultures and races. It impacts every person that is exposed in a family or intimate relationship. Josie Ashton began the Brides Walk tradition by walking from Ricart’s murder scene in Ridgefield, NJ to Miami, FL, FIU North Campus, where she was attending college in 2001. The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness on a national level and to start inspiring college students to learn how to protect themselves from the deadly effects of dating violence.

For additional information, please contact Josie Ashton at 786-301-3696 OR http://www.collegebrideswalk.com/

Participating Universities; Barry University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University, Johnson & Wales University, Lynn University, St. Thomas University, and University of Miami.

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