Help Save the Next Girl expands nationwide - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Help Save the Next Girl expands nationwide

Posted: Updated:
Virginia Tech Help Save the Next Girl. Virginia Tech Help Save the Next Girl.
A local organization that promotes safety and violence prevention for young women is growing nationwide.

Help Save the Next Girl was started by Gil and Dan Harrington after their 20-year-old daughter Morgan was sexually assaulted and murdered in 2009.

The Harrington's message to prevent future crimes against young women has taken off.

Help Save the Next Girl has chapters at Virginia Tech, Sweet Briar College, Michigan State University, and Lord Botetout and Walkersville High Schools.

"I think all young women need to feel empowered and feel strength to be able to protect themselves and be able to speak out for themselves." VT Help Save the Next Girl Officer Sarah Church says.

"We need to educate our students. The parents of the students are looking to us to teach students obligation to each other. We won't stop that work," Help Save the Next Girl Faculty Advisor Jane Vance says.

 The organization is holding an event on Saturday for three missing people to get the word about their cases.

The families of Wendy Beadles Francis, James Brown, and Hattie Brown will all be present.

The event is at the Wal-Mart in South Boston starting at noon.

Learn more about the event here.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:35:51 GMT
    The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the past year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.
    A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.
  • Alexis Murphy's family speaks about Taylor sentence

    Alexis Murphy's family speaks about Taylor sentence

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:23:07 GMT
    Randy Taylor was sentenced to two life sentences today in a Nelson County court.
    Randy Taylor was sentenced to two life sentences today in a Nelson County court.
  • Mysterious "woman in black" spotted in Tennessee

    Mysterious "woman in black" spotted in Tennessee

    A mysterious figure is capturing the attention of social media. She's been nicknamed "the woman in black" and she's been spotted in different parts of east Tennessee including Madisonville, Athens, Sweetwater and now Morgan County.
    A mysterious figure is capturing the attention of social media. She's been nicknamed "the woman in black" and she's been spotted in different parts of east Tennessee including Madisonville, Athens, Sweetwater and now Morgan County.
  • Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:26:58 GMT
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."

  • Transformation plan underway for troubled Roanoke neighborhoods

    Transformation plan underway for troubled Roanoke neighborhoods

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:44:27 GMT
    Roanoke (WSLS) - The Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority will unveil it's plan to transform one of the most troubled sections of the city at an event tonight.
    Roanoke (WSLS) - The Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority will unveil it's plan to transform one of the most troubled sections of the city at an event tonight.
  • Air Algerie plane disappears from radar

    Air Algerie plane disappears from radar

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:42:29 GMT
    The official Algerian news agency says an Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from the radar.
    Authorities say a flight operated by Air Algerie carrying 110 passengers and a crew of six has disappeared from the radar on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.