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Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 10:41pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — El Paso's first ever "Cycle for Change" took place Sunday. Hundreds of cyclists hit the El Paso roadways to raise awareness and money for victims of domestic violence.
Cyclists rode up and down hills and through major streets in East El Paso, riding 12, 20, 50-mile long routes for organizations that help victims such as the Villa Maria non-profit organization. Villa Maria houses dozens of women two years at a time, who are getting their lives back together.
We spoke with a woman who was a victim of domestic violence. She has since changed her life and is helping others do the same.
"Being a part of domestic violence has been a very hard part in my life. Knowing that, that is in life… it means a lot doing the bike rally today just showed me just how much freedom there is in this world and that I don't have to be stuck in domestic violence,” Yesenia Amador, a participant and a domestic violence survivor said.
Amador also advises victims to speak up and seek help.