BENEFITING: One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley Love
EVENT DATE: Oct 17, 2015
1 in 3 women in this country are in a violent relationship during their lifetime. I was that statistic. I was in an abusive relationship for four years, those four years that destroyed friendships, family, and myself. I survived and was able to get away, others are not as lucky as I am. The warning signs are not always there in the beginning, and once you are in an abusive relationship, you are controlled, controlled beyond your ability to just walk away. I learned a lot about myself, my abuser, and my life. Without family, friends, my lacrosse team, and my lacrosse coach I would have never been able to get out of that relationship. I have a lot of people to thank for helping me be who I am today. I am running this 5k to remind myself and my family how lucky I am to have survived. I pushed a lot of people out of my life during those four years, some of whom i can never reconnect with because of how my abuser changed my life forever. I am asking you to make a donation even if it is just a small one so we can end domestic violence. Cayden and I will be running/walking if anyone would like to join us. Thank you
About One Love
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, One Love's goal is to end relationship violence by engaging young people in a movement for change. We develop compelling educational content that sparks new and novel discussions among workshop participants, inspiring them to work together to affect change in their communities. Our primary focus is on campus strategies for engaging kids on this issue – using our powerful film workshop, Escalation, as the spark for engagement (see video that Katie Couric did in May). 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. We currently are working with 200 colleges and 95 high schools across the country and want to continue building off this momentum.