Running For Emily

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By: Connor Lenahan

I remember the moment that I first heard the story. One of my best friends, Elyse Notarianni, was texting me keeping me company while I saw home with my broken leg when she told me about her cousin Emily. I didn’t know what to expect before the story, all I know is afterwards all I wanted to do was to give Elyse a hug and tell her everything was going to be okay, that things would be back to normal. But they weren’t going to be.

Here’s the story from Elyse’s older sister Katie from the fundraising website that’s working to raise money for the Women’s Resource Center in Scranton, PA: “My cousin Emily was a beautiful and smart girl, working towards becoming a Physicians Assistant at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She loved her life, her family and friends, and especially her cats and random animals her brother, Jack, and her would find when they were younger. 

 In December 2012, Emily was a victim of a violent rape by her ex-boyfriend. She did everything she should have to get him arrested and sent to jail, even testifying in front of him in court about the events she had to endure. However, he was released on bail months later and Emily panicked. Not knowing if her life was in jeopardy after repeated threats from the ex-boyfriend, she ended her life out of complete fear.”

I remember being paralyzed when I first heard the story. Thinking it was a nightmare or fiction. This couldn’t be real. Sadly, it was. The first time I heard it was a year ago and it’s still burned into my memory.

I never, ever want anything bad to befall anyone I’m close to. I’d be sad to hear about a flat tire for Elyse, let alone this tragedy that she has to deal with for the rest of her life. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. For lack of a more poetic expression: This is not okay.

No person in the world deserves the kind of physical abuse and mental anguish that Emily had to endure. Someone who has been universally described as a sweetheart and nothing but a positive addition to society like Emily does not deserve to have her life ruined and eventually ended by such an evil act. I wanted to so desperately make things right and restore order for Elyse and the rest of the Notarianni family that has been nothing but good to me. But I can’t. I know this is something they’ve struggled with day in and day out for over a year. It breaks my heart that such a tragedy has befallen wonderful people and friends.

When I heard that the Notarianni family was raising money for the Women’s Resource Center, a center that had been helpful to Emily, I knew I had to support it. If it was impossible to fix this situation, it was paramount to try and make sure that this never happens again. No one deserves this to happen. It shouldn’t happen again. That’s why I support their cause. You should as well. Any donation to the cause is appreciated and makes a difference.

I thank you for reading and supporting the cause. Please share the word as to try and further the efforts to end this awful crime once and for all.

Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is the founder and editor-in-chief of Connorlenahan.com. He is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be emailed at lenahan@bu.edu