HERKIMER – Students at Herkimer College are raising awareness for victims of relationship abuse by walking one yard at a time.
The college is one of 25 SUNY schools participating in the One Love Foundation’s “Around the World for Yeardley” initiative. Together, participants will walk the circumference of the earth, 50 million yards, in honor of Yeardley Love and other victims of relationship abuse.
Yeardley Love was a student at the University of Virginia who was killed by her ex-boyfriend.
The goal of the event is to end relationship abuse by educating young people about relationship behaviors.
“When it comes to talking to your friend about an unhealthy relationship, focus on the behaviors that are happening,” said Jaklyn Van Manen, director of the Program Engagement & Evaluation. “Don't focus so much on their partner and who that person is, or try and make judgments or say mean things about their partner. Rather, talk about how all these behaviors are impacting them and impacting their relationship, which can really help them to do reflection.”
Herkimer College’s goal is 1 million yards, or 570 miles, for Yeardley Love. Their first “Around the World for Yeardley” event was held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the college’s Physical Education Building.