Kristin Mitchell was a beautiful 21-year-old recent college graduate from Saint Joseph’s University. She had her whole life in front of her, when she was brutally murdered by her 28-year old ex-boyfriend when she attempted to break up with him.
Her family and friends were determined that her short life would have a larger meaning and thus began the Kristin Mitchell Foundation dedicated to raising awareness about dating violence especially among young adults.
Q102’s Loraine Ballard Morrill speaks with Kristin’s father, Bill Mitchell, about the Kristin Mitchell Foundation and the 11th Annual Kristin’s Krusade 5K Run/Walk which takes place Saturday, April 8th, 2017, at Saint Joseph’s University.
This interview runs 20 minutes and gives insights into dating violence and what to do to prevent it.
“We are thankful for what NBC10 put together to gain us greater visibility and participation. We especially thank Tracy Davidson and Katy Zachry for giving us this added exposure. Only through awareness can we expect to divert people from this insidious plague that is dating abuse and dating violence,” said Bill Mitchell, president of the foundation.
Kristin’s Krusade will be held on the morning of Sunday, April 10th, at Saint Joseph’s University where Kristin attended four years of college. She graduated on May 14, 2005 but was murdered by her ex-boyfriend only twenty days later. She was 21 at that time.
Kristin’s Krusade was an idea by two of Kristin’s closest college friends a year after her death. The following year they took the step of creating the Kristin Mitchell Foundation. KMF Board members include Kristin’s parents, friends, professors and domestic violence professionals.
“This run/walk has brought information to many who had no idea what dating violence was. This year we expect to break participation records. We know it’s supposed to be cold but we have loyal followers who have stood by us from the beginning,” Mr. Mitchell said.
The Kristin Mitchell Foundation is becoming a leader in speaking out about dating abuse. This year the organization has presented to high schools, colleges and private companies.
Earlier this week, Mr. Mitchell spoke before 2,100 high school 9th and 10th grade boys and girls in southern Maryland. “This is where we need to go now. We need to get with children when they are in the earliest days of dating. Dating violence can happen at any age – with any gender and within any race or religion,” he said. “This issue finds itself anywhere people have intimate relationships.”
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I am gonna aim to come this saturday, i have been telling lots of ppl about this, including musicians, and concert fans, i am very insistent on safety of ppl in general, i gotta head out soon so hope quotas and lots o healing occurs this saturday am
Be Well Safe Travels,
The philadelphia Buddhist