UVA Plans White Ribbon Campaign

Students want to raise awareness about domestic violence

By Teneille Gibson
|  Saturday, May 22, 2010  |  Updated 2:16 PM EDT
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UVA Plans White Ribbon Campaign

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UVA raises awareness about domestic violence by wearing white ribbons.

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It’s a bittersweet weekend at the University of Virginia as the campus celebrates commencement.

Yeardley Love will get a posthumous degree, and 25,000 small white ribbons will mark her untimely death.

Everyone attending the graduation will receive the symbolic fabric. Student organizers hope the ribbons will unify the community and raise awareness about domestic violence.

Love was found dead her apartment almost three weeks ago. Her ex-boyfriend, George Huguely, who is also a UVA student, has been charged in her death.

“I just feel like we need to get people talking, we need to get people aware that this is a problem,” said student and co-organizer Caitlin Donaghy to NBC affiliate WVIR.

The white ribbons will also memorialize Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student who disappeared from UVA grounds after a concert. She was found dead in January.

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