She plans to run across New York in a wedding dress to “symbolize the silent victims who fall prey to abuse at the hands of their domestic partners.”
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A survivor of narcissistic domestic abuse is preparing to embark on an ambitious journey across New York this month. Vanessa Reiser, a licensed clinical social worker, plans to run a whopping 285 miles across the state in a wedding dress to “symbolize the silent victims who fall prey to abuse at the hands of their domestic partners.” According to PEOPLE, she’ll embark on the lengthy run on May 17 from Oswego, New York, and plans to finish on May 29 in Manhattan. The distance she aims to cover is the equivalent of running nearly 11 marathons, which means Reiser will be running approximately 23 miles—or close to one marathon—each day.
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Prior to dedicating her life to raise awareness for this “insidious form of domestic violence,” Reiser was engaged to “a diagnosed narcissist sociopath” who had a history of abusing his partners. “Narcissists generally will use the wedding or an engagement as a form of control and manipulation. They entangle you. And so, [the dress] is a representation of how they do that,” she told PEOPLE (the TV Show!). “He left me in Cape Cod and then I had to rent a car to get home,” she said of her ex. “He padlocked me out of the house. A few months later, I left him and he spit on me, called me a bunch of really awful names, told me that my dead father was a loser — my father died when I was 18 — and then he bleached all my clothing.”
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