BENEFITING: One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley Love
EVENT DATE: Oct 15, 2016
About The One Love Foundation
The One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley Reynolds Love was created in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a UVA senior who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend just weeks short of graduation. The Foundation is more popularly known as One Love, with “One” representing the number that Yeardley wore on her jersey during her high school and college lacrosse career.
After her death, Yeardley’s family and friends were surprised to learn the statistics – that 1 in 3 women in this country will be in a violent relationship during her lifetime – and grew increasingly aware that young people in particular did not seem to realize they, as a group, were at greatest risk.
Today, five years after Yeardley’s death, One Love is doing more work than ever to achieve its goal of ending relationship violence. While relationship violence and domestic violence have been an unspoken epidemic in our society forever, massive shifts in awareness in the last year present a one of a kind opportunity to spark change. One Love is building on this opportunity by bringing compelling and powerful educational curricula and campaigns to campuses across the country.
One Love’s lead product is a powerful film workshop, Escalation, which educates students about the warning signs of relationship abuse. Student response to the workshop has been tremendous, indicating that the ambitious change we seek may be just what students seek as well. Just six months into our national expansion we have brought Escalation to 200 colleges and 95 high schools, a number that expands every day. At every step, we empower young people as the critical leaders of this movement, uniquely suited to mobilize a generation towards a brighter future where relationship violence is far less prevalent.