Brian Pinero, director of loveisrespect, and our advocate Angelica traveled to New York for the taping of Katie Couric’s talk show Katie for an episode discussing dating abuse. The episode airs today at 4 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Central. The show will feature survivors of dating abuse and the family of Yeardley Love, who was murdered by her boyfriend in 2010.
Angelica, a valued advocate who has worked for The Helpline and who now answers calls for the National Domestic Violence Hotline was even filmed for her expert knowledge on the issue. Her segment will be on the Katie Couric website soon.
Both Brian and Angelica have shared what a meaningful experience it was to be present (and even back stage!) at the taping.
“It was an incredibly powerful episode,” said Brian. “It was very moving to hear more about the Yeardley Love case and to see the resolve and love of her family as they talked about spreading awareness.”
Brian described how focused the audience was on who was speaking on stage.
“You could feel the energy in the studio. Everyone was carefully watching the monitors – even in the green room.”
For Brian, it was watching the survivors talk about their experiences that impressed him the most.
“It was incredible to see the strength of the women sharing their stories. That they were not afraid to relive their experiences on the stage showed amazing strength.”