Second annual ‘Walk Against Sexual Abuse of our Children’ raises awareness in Yonkers

The event was held by the organization Yo Digo No Mas (I Say No More) with city officials and the Yonkers School District.

News 12 Staff

Apr 29, 2023, 8:06 PM

Updated 388 days ago

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Hundreds gathered at Yonkers City Hall for the second annual Walk Against Sexual Abuse of our Children.
The event was held by the organization Yo Digo No Mas (I Say No More) with city officials and the Yonkers School District.
Yo Digo No Mas is an organization dedicated to fighting the sexual abuse of children worldwide. It was founded by Maria Trusa, whose experience with sexual abuse at the age of 9 inspired her to create a group that would support other survivors.
Despite the rainy weather, many people were eager to attend the event to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
"We don't stop. Rain, snow, storm – nothing will stop this moment because the children are being heard. We say no more,” said Trusa.
Survivors and supporters took the stage to share their stories.
"My father is currently the most wanted man for child abuse in America,” said supporter Ana Albarran. “On Thanksgiving, we found out that he was molesting children. When he found out he was going to be prosecuted, he went on the run. I'm here today because my father's victims deserve justice."
Survivor Astrid Rivera was abused by her mother’s uncle when she was just 7 years old.
"I didn’t want to break the relationship of my family, so I never spoke about it,” she said. "Words have power and when you speak, there’s a sense of liberation. That’s part of the healing process."
“We need to make sure those that go through this have the support that they need to heal,” said survivor Oscar Luna.


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