“My hope for Yeardley, and for you, is that her dying inspires an anger, a sense of outrage that engenders determination here and wherever Yeardley’s name is recognized that no woman, no person in this place, this community, this state, our nation need either fear for her safety or experience violence for any reason … and then that memory of Yeardley’s name, her personal strengths, her successes, her human worth may survive the memory of the dying about which we ache tonight.”
—John T. Casteen, outgoing president of the University
“Help one another. The person to your left, the person to your right, everyone in this amphitheater and beyond. Leave tonight with the knowledge that the blows and the abuse that somehow ended Yeardley’s life threaten all of us.”
—Colin Hood, Student Council president
Getting Help at the University
The following University resources are available to students when their safety is threatened, they witness others being harmed or are dealing with emotional difficulties:
- 911: Whether at UVA or far from the Grounds, call 911 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.
- Office of the Dean of Students: 434-924-7133, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. After hours, call University Police (434-924-7166) and ask to be connected with the dean on call, who is available 24/7.
- Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 434-243-5150 for appointments; 434-972-7004 for after-hours emergencies. For more urgent needs, walk-in services are available Monday through Friday.
- UVA Women’s Center: 434-982-2252. The center provides counseling services to women who are experiencing domestic or intimate partner abuse.
- “Just Report It”: The University has an online system for reporting an incident of bias or abuse directed toward a student (www.virginia.edu/justreportit/).
- SAPA (Sexual Assault Peer Advisers): A group of trained UVA students that maintains a list of resources and ways to help students involved in abusive relationships. Contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- One-in-Four: An all-male peer advocacy group at UVA that provides resources and educational programming about sexual violence.