Lillian Katherine Leak was in an abusive relationship. After suffering physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her husband, Lillian waited until he was not at home and quickly began to devise a plan. She left her 5 year old son, Risshan, with her mother and rushed home to pack. Relieved that she was able to leave home before her husband arrived, Lillian was convinced she would be safe at her mother’s residence. Unfortunately, that evening, Lillian’s husband came to her mother’s home and brutally murdered them both with a sawed-off shotgun. He did not bring physical harm to his Stepson Risshan. On that tragic day, I lost my mother, Lillian and I lost my only sibling Lillian. Thus is the story behind our organization, Lillian and Lillian Foundation.
The scourge of domestic violence, dating violence, and bullying has brought trauma, pain, and death to generations of New Jersey families of all ages, classes, ethnicities, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds. Men, women, and children fall victim to senseless physical, emotional, and even financial devastation at the hands of controlling individuals on a daily basis. In the United States alone, a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds.
The Lillian and Lillian Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit launched in 2012 to fight against this horrific violence and other astounding atrocities. Its motto “Love Is Kind” is their core value and embodies their mission of outreach. We aim to spread awareness in the prevention of abusive behavior at educational institutions including: public, private, and charter schools as well as colleges and universities throughout the State of New Jersey. Further, the Foundation works to help empower and teach victims to ‘speak up and fight back’ and to take action against their violators.
Coinciding with Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) in October, the Lillian and Lillian Foundation will host its Inaugural Annual Benefit Gala on October 23, 2016, at the Bridgewater (New Jersey) Marriot Hotel from 4-7pm. It will honor 15 individuals and organizations for their outstanding leadership to combat abuse and bullying. Among the awardees: NFL Detroit Lions football star and New Jersey native Tahir Whitehead, TD Bank, and several high school students who have made invaluable contributions to the Foundation.
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