Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney

Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit

Sherry Boston, District Attorney

DEKALB DA SHERRY BOSTON HOSTS VIRTUAL "LOVE RUN" 5K IN COMMEMORATION OF TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

Event to Raise Awareness, Funds for Domestic Violence Survivors

Decatur, Ga- DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announces the 6th Annual Love Run 5K to raise awareness about teen dating violence and funds for domestic violence survivors. The Love Run is held in February each year in commemoration of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This year, to keep everyone safe and healthy, the event is being held virtually, with a fun twist and updated name: Love Run, Walk & Roll 5K!

Participants can opt to take to the streets, the pool, or the exercise equipment of their choice to log 3.1 miles between February 14th and February 28th, 2021. Registrants will be mailed a signature long-sleeve shirt and race medal for their participation. Additionally, all Big Peach Running Co. locations will offer a 10% discount to Love Run participants with proof of registration during the month of February. All proceeds benefit the important work of Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. Since its inception, the Love Run has raised more than $35,000 for WRC. Register today: https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Anywhere/LoveRun5K.

According to national statistics, one in three teens report experiencing dating violence. Approximately one in five women and one in seven men who experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age. The risks to survivors of abuse have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We must continue to shine a spotlight on this disturbing epidemic impacting our youth,” said District Attorney Boston, who created the Love Run 5K in 2016 while serving as DeKalb County Solicitor-General. “Educating our community about the cycle of intimate partner violence plays an integral role in prevention. We hope to raise awareness and save lives,” said Boston.

To learn more about Teen Dating Violence, visit www.loveisrespect.org