Organizers march to bring awareness to teen dating violence

Teens, parents and community organizations marched from the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall Saturday to bring awareness to teen dating violence. Teens, parents and community organizations marched from the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall Saturday to bring awareness to teen dating violence.
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Teens, parents and community organizations marched from the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall Saturday to bring awareness to teen dating violence. 

Emily Diyarza says she was 14-years-old when her boyfriend started hurting and controlling her.

"He started with the little things, like pushing me around, pinching me," she says. "Then went to pulling my hair and biting my face."

Antonia Clemente, CEO of the Healing Center, says 1-in-3 girls will experience some form of violence before the age of 18. 

"Teen dating violence is when another person has power and control over them," she says. "That gets played out by the physical and emotional abuse."

Clemente says it is important to look for signs of children being abused such as the child coming home hurt or withdrawn. 

She says to seek counseling from organizations that support victims of family abuse.

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