SUNY Oswego goes the distance in ‘Yards for Yeardley’

OSWEGO NY– It’s nearing the end of Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month. On Monday (April 23rd) the Oswego Community, students and faculty walked to end relationship violence, in the third annual “Yards for Yeardley Campus Challenge”.

Yards for Yeardley was created by the One Love Foundation in 2010. The organization was created in memory of Yeardley Love, a Senior from the University of Virginia who was beaten to death by her boyfriend just weeks for their graduation.

SUNY Oswego’s Title IX Coordinator Lisa Evaneski explains that Yards for Yeardley has raised SUNY-wide attention and aims to reach 50 million yards across ten SUNY schools participating, including SUNY Cortland and SUNY Oneonta.

Evaneski says the goal to reach 50 million yards is in correlation to the circumference of the globe. And the goal? She says is to “walk the world for Yeardley Love,” along with those impacted by relationship and domestic violence. When students were asked why they chose to walk on Monday there were different stories to be told.

One couple who walked says “I’ve been in some pretty unhealthy relationships, so now that I’m dating someone who’s put me in a healthy relationship it really changes how you feel about something like this. I walked this event last year but I don’t think I understood this fully until like this year.

Evaneski says she has many new plans for next year’s Yards for Yeardley. Some of those plans are to increase the numbers of participants, increase awareness of domestic violence and better educating the Oswego community about healthy relationships.