April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month, and our annual Sexual Assault and Violence Education or SAVE Month in which we raise awareness for sexual violence prevention through active programming and education efforts, such as Take Back the Night, Yards for Yeardley, an office decorating contest and so much more. Although, we are unable to honor SAVE month on-campus this year, the Bystander Committee would still like to share stories and resources with the Regis community.
Below you will find more information on the legacy of Yeardley Love and the One Love Foundation's mission to promote healthy relationships and prevent domestic violence, the significance and history of Take Back the Night, as well as additional statistics and information.
For additional resources, including information on counseling, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, please visit the Mental Health and Wellness Support page on our virtual campus.
Take Back the Night at Regis has been a signature component of SAVE Month. It is a time when our community comes together in solidarity for those that have been impacted by sexual violence. The Regis event is part of a greater global Take Back the Night movement. Born from the earlier marches of the 1970s by the same name, Take Back the Night became a formal organization in 2001, with over 300 events taking place in the last decade—many at college campuses.
Traditionally, Take Back the Night at Regis begins with a keynote speaker, often a survivor who shares their story. The group then begins a march around campus, stopping at various landmarks to hear additional testimonials or stories of survivors and victims. It's a time of listening and solidarity and for the Regis community to let survivors know—we see you and you matter.
Yeardley Love was a beloved sister, daughter, student, teammate, and friend by many. She played lacrosse for the University of Virginia and 3 weeks before graduation she was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend who also played lacrosse at the school.
Yeardley met her ex-boyfriend when they were both freshman and in the beginning stages, the two appeared to have what could be considered an “average” relationship. After breaking up two years later and an on-again-off-again pattern, many dangerous behaviors and warning signs of an unhealthy relationship appeared. These included reported assaults and threatening messages out of frustration, anger, and jealousy.
Yeardley’s story is a powerful one. It shows us that tragedies like this could be prevented if we are able to identify warning signs and behaviors of an unhealthy and violent nature.
The One Love Foundation was founded to honor Yeardley's legacy and educate young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships. Each year, One Love sponsors Yards for Yeardley, a month-long campaign to rally everyone, especially the collegiate lacrosse community, in order to recruit more people in the movement to change the stats around relationship abuse and create a world where people know how to establish healthy personal relationships.
The Regis Pride lacrosse programs, led by women's lacrosse head coach Courtney Duggan and men's lacrosse head coach Matthew Sweeney, are once again leading the movement at Regis College. For more information on how Regis Lacrosse is getting involved and how you can pledge yards to the Yards for Yeardley campaign.
For more information on the One Love Foundation and warning signs of an unhealthy relationship, visit their website.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is a nonprofit organization that provides information and tools for the prevention of and response to sexual violence. They are committed to translating research into concrete practices that prevent sexual assault and support survivors. The following statistics regarding sexual violence, and more specifically the sexual violence on college campuses, have been collected from the NSVRC.