(WJLA) - It’s been nearly four years since UVA lacrosse player Yeardley Love was killed by her ex-boyfriend, George Hughley. And in the wake of the 22-year-old’s death, Yradley's mother Sharon has become an outspoken advocate against relationship violence.
On Tuesday, alongside Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, Love announced the desire to create a national day of action to end dating abuse:
“We'd like to put it on everybody's radar screen. We'd like everybody to say this can happen, this does happen. One out of every three will be abused in their college years."
National “One Love” day would be held on May 3, the day of Yeardley’s
death, and the measure’s sponsor says it would create some much-needed awareness.
“More than two million people are physically assaulted by an intimate partner every year," said Congressman Ruppersberger. "In fact, one third of all female homicide victims are killed by husbands, ex-husbands and boyfriends"
A public service announcement shows an app created by the One Love Foundation, another effort aimed at helping women identify red flags in their relationships.
“We've gotten letters from people, mostly anonymous, about how it changed their lives and has given them courage to step out," said Sharon Love.
She says she knew little about the issue of relationship violence prior to her daughter’s death. Today, she is passionate about helping other potential victims:
“I think Yeardley would be proud. I think Yeardley is glad that we turned her tragedy into something positive and helpful for others."