ROCHESTER - The MCC Athletics program, in conjunction with the college's Title IX office, took part in a two-day workshop through the One Love Foundation, an organization that works to ensure that everyone understands the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
One Love's mission is to end relationship abuse by educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors and empowering them to be leaders driving change in their communities. The One Love Foundation was created in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a senior lacrosse player at the University of Virginia who was three weeks shy of her graduation when she was killed by her ex-boyfriend.
Monroe's student-athletes were part of a multi-layered education, awareness and movement-building campaign that surrounds young people with messages about healthy and unhealthy relationships in the classroom, the community and online. This all-encompassing approach is designed to shape the next generation's understanding of relationship abuse and shift community norms.
A handful of Monroe student-athletes were selected to take part in the Escalation Workshop, which is a film-based discussion that opens people's eyes to the warning signs of relationship abuse. The workshop consists of a film, Escalation, followed by a guided discussion led by a trained facilitator.
Those students then helped facilitate the workshop with the rest of MCC's athletes. The participants watched the film and engaged in a discussion about the film—led by trained facilitators—discussing the early warning signs of relationship abuse and what they can do if they witness or experience these warning signs.