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Mother of slain UVA student Yeardley Love to speak at Melrose High

Posted by Jarret Bencks  February 6, 2013 08:00 AM

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Sharon Love and Sharon Robinson, the mother and cousin of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia student killed by an ex-boyfriend in 2010, will speak to students at Melrose High School in two assemblies on the warning signs and dangers of unhealthy teen relationships.

The event is one of the first in a new initiative aimed at reducing abusive teenage relationships in Melrose that was launched this week. It will be presented in two assemblies Thursday afternoon at Melrose High School.

Using a $465,000 federal grant, the Melrose Alliance Against Violence and Melrose Public Schools launched "Safe STEPS for Teens" earlier this week.

Funded for three years through the grant, the initiative looks to implement new programs in schools, and raise awareness among parents, community leaders, coaches, and students, Melrose Alliance Against Violence executive director Rebecca Mooney said.

"We couldn't cross any one of those off the list," she said. "Every segment is just so important to reach."

It's the first time Love's mother and cousin will speak to a high school, Mooney said.

"We're just really honored that they are coming to Melrose," she said. "I think its going to be a really powerful assembly."

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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