February 21, 2013
The family of slain University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love is speaking out, hoping to prevent domestic violence like the attack that claimed Yeardley's life.
Yeardley's sister, Lexie Love Hodges, and her mother, Sharon Love, participated Thursday in an online forum about preventing domestic violence. The forum was held at the Grand Central Hyatt, in New York City.
Yeardley was killed by her ex-boyfriend, George Huguely, in 2010. Huguely is now serving a 23-year prison term after being convicted of murder.
"I'm still somewhat in disbelief that anyone is capable of doing something like that," Sharon Love said.
Sharon also spoke about the initial outrage she felt, not just at Huguely, but also at the response to her daughter's death. She said some people made it sound like women were responsible to not get abused, instead of men being responsible to not be abusers.
"I was kind of appalled in the beginning," Sharon said. "The first thing that came up was what girls should do, what they should look for, what their friends should look for. The whole focus was on the victim, and there was not one mention about the abuser. I just felt like that has to change."
Sharon also said that it seemed like society reacted more negatively to the news of Michael Vick abusing dogs, than Chris Brown assaulting Rihanna.
"How can dogs be more important than girls?" Sharon said.
Lexie spoke about how she has become much more aware of the warning signs of domestic abuse, since Yeardley's death. Lexie said it is very important to pay attention to how people react when they are angry about something.