On September 26th, 1999 just moments before she was to be married, Gladys Ricart was murdered by a jealous ex-boyfriend.
Exactly two years later, Myhosi "Josie" Ashton took a 12 credit college internship and walked 1,300 miles from Gladys' home in Ridgefield, New Jersey to Miami, Florida. In her own wedding dress, Ashton took this journey to commemorate Ricarts' death and bring attention to issues of domestic and dating violence. Originally known as "The Brides March" annual walks in New York, Wisconsin, Washington D.C., Dominican Republic and our home in Miami have continued to shed light on these important issues.
The National Center for Victims of Crime report that 39%-54% of dating violence victims remain in physically abusive relationships and 60% of acquaintance rapes on college campuses occur in casual or steady dating relationships. These alarming statistics made it clear that The Brides March needed to be brought to some of the most at risk populations of dating violence and sexual assault, college students. In 2010, a small team driven by a large vision to promote healthy relationships on college campuses created, The College Brides Walk.
Since then, Barry University has proudly hosted The College Brides Walk as they continue to create a platform for youth to provide solutions, discuss options, and express themselves in a creative and healthy way about the issues of dating violence. In conjunction with Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, Johnson & Wales University, Lynn University, Miami Dade College- West Campus and Nova Southeastern University over 1,500 college students, high school students, and community members in wedding gowns and all white attire walk in solidarity to put an end to violence on and off campus.
THE TIME IS NOW.
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