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Students lead march against violence

Students rally for "Take Back the Night" at Saint Martin De Porres High School in Cleveland. (Source: WOIO) Students rally for "Take Back the Night" at Saint Martin De Porres High School in Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)
Quiana Rivers survived an abusive relationship and spoke to students about domestic violence. (Source: WOIO) Quiana Rivers survived an abusive relationship and spoke to students about domestic violence. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Students gathered Friday night to march for “Take Back the Night” at St. Martin Deporres High School on Cleveland's East side.

They’re trying to end domestic violence and violence in the city's neighborhoods.

33-year-old Quiana Rivers spoke to a room full of teenagers about surviving an abusive relationship.

“Domestic violence doesn't have an age, a gender, a lifestyle,” she said.

Rivers was in a relationship with an abusive man for 15 years. They were even engaged to be married.

But then, there was this final straw--

“I was strangled. Right now I'm numb from my waist to my toes. So I just want kids to know it's real,” she said.

She has some advice for other victims who are being abused right now.

“The majority of the time, the accused is someone people like. So they don't see it in them. So just stay strong and know that you know it and get people around you who believe and trust in you,” Rivers said.

During the event, students read poetry they wrote themselves and then led a march through the streets chanting "stop the violence."

Student organizers say the event is about breaking the silence.

This annual march has hit the streets for the past 10 years.

Each year, they have a chance to touch another life.

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