Love Run 5K Saturday to bring awareness to domestic violence

Posted by Dena Mellick February 25, 2016

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DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston is hosting a 5K this Saturday to bring awareness to domestic violence.

The Love Run 5K will kick off at Decatur Square at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. A press release from the solicitor-general says the inaugural run will “raise money and awareness about domestic violence issues. The event also coincides with Teen Dating Violence Awareness month which is observed during February.”

“We are excited about partnering with the public in a fun and healthy way to focus attention on a very serious issue impacting our community,” Boston is quoted as saying in the press release.

Proceeds from the race will go to the children’s programs at The Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence.

The run, which is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier, “will follow a fast, certified-course through historic downtown and the surrounding scenic neighborhoods.”

Here is the full press release:

Decatur, Ga- DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston is inviting the public to join her in the fight to end domestic violence. On Saturday, February 27, 2016, the Solicitor-General’s Office is hosting its inaugural “Love Run 5k” to raise money and awareness about domestic violence issues. The event also coincides with Teen Dating Violence Awareness month which is observed during February.

“We are excited about partnering with the public in a fun and healthy way to focus attention on a very serious issue impacting our community,” said Solicitor-General Boston. Each year, the Solicitor-General’s Office prosecutes approximately 3,500 misdemeanor domestic violence cases, many of which are handled by the Special Victims Unit created by Ms. Boston.

Solicitor-General Boston and her team also speak regularly to young people about teen dating violence in an effort to curb those numbers. According to national statistics, one in three teens experiences some type of abuse in his or her dating relationships. Sadly, only 33 percent of teens report that abuse. “Early intervention is key. We must do all we can to raise awareness and provide resources to educate young adults about the warning signs of unhealthy relationships to prevent them from escalating to potentially dangerous levels,” said Solicitor-General Boston.

The “Love Run” will kick-off from the Decatur Square, located at 101 E. Court Street, Decatur, Georgia 30030 at 8:30 a.m. Runners will follow a fast, certified-course through historic downtown and the surrounding scenic neighborhoods. For more information about participating in the event or providing a financial contribution, visit www.dekalbsolicitorgeneral.org/love-run. All proceeds will be donated to The Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence to benefit its children’s programs.

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Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.

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