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Cartoons raise awareness of dating violence

Posted: 11:48 PM, Feb 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-19 06:29:47-05
Cartoons raise awareness of dating violence
Cartoons raise awareness of dating violence
Cartoons raise awareness of dating violence

There is a new push to get kids thinking about relationship violence, even before high school.

It’s being started by the One Love Foundation, which was founded by the mother of Yeardley Love, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend at the University of Virginia in May of 2010.

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They believe the sooner kids learn what is acceptable behavior -- and what isn't -- the better their chances will be of finding healthy relationships later on.

They've created a series of simple cartoons that show girls and boys how similar situations can actually be dangerously different.

The cartoons are simple, but they escalate quickly.

“From the beginning I guess the hardest nut to crack was how do you approach this topic and attract people to this topic and not have everybody scramble and run away cause it's such a difficult topic,” Love said.

The foundation’s goal has always been to raise awareness about relationship violence.

They call the cartoons "couplets.”  They feature the hashtag #thatsnotlove

“You can show this to a middle schooler or an elementary school student and they'll get it and they'll want to share and talk to friends about it,” said Jordyn Cohen of the One Love Foundation.

The cartoons are aimed at showing girls and boys how similar situations can actually be dangerously different.

Sharon Love says she thinks about her daughter every day; sometimes, all day.

“Every minute probably but it seems like it's been 100 years and then it seems like it's been less than 100 seconds,” she said.  “We're so happy that we can do something positive and keep Yeardley's memory alive in that way.  I think she'd be thrilled with what we're doing.”