NNEDV to Participate in “No Woman, No Cry” 5K Memorial Walk
September 16, 2011
NNEDV today announced that it will participate in the first annual No Woman, No Cry: Stop the Silence of Domestic Violence 5K Walk in memory of Jenny Vaughn-Bates, who was murdered by her abusive husband, who then took his own life, in 2010 in Prince William County, Va. The event will take place on Sunday, September 18, marking the one-year anniversary of Vaughn-Bates' murder. To date, more than 300 individuals have registered to walk.
"One year ago, our lives were forever changed when our Jenny was taken from us in such a horrific and senseless act," said Karen Brown, Co-Chair of No Woman, No Cry. "Since then, we have learned that domestic violence is an epidemic in society affecting one in four women. Through this event, we hope to honor Jenny's legacy and help those who feel they have no other options."
Proceeds from the walk will benefit NNEDV and the Jenny Vaughn-Bates Memorial Trust Fund. The walk will begin at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, VA at 8:30 a.m. Those interested can register onsite on the day of the walk (cash and checks accepted). The onsite registration fee is $30 per participant.
"This first annual 5K walk is a fitting tribute to the life and legacy of Jennifer Vaughn-Bates and all of the domestic violence victims who suffer in silence," said Sue Else, NNEDV's president. "We are proud to walk alongside Jenny's loved ones and those who support ending all violence against women. Domestic violence affects so many, and I urge communities across the country to step up and become part of the solution."
On average in the U.S., three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner. Visit http://nnedv.org/ to learn how to take a stand in support of survivors and take action to end domestic violence.