City turning to social media to combat violence

City turning to social media to combat violence

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There's a new push on social media that involves sharing the stories of real people overcoming real struggles in our community. It's an effort by the city of Louisville to help take a strand against violence.

The office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods has started a monthly video series called "If You Only Knew Me." The videos can be found on its Facebook page. The video series started earlier this month. The point behind the series is to shed light on the efforts that the city is taking against violence, homicides, suicides and drug overdoses. It's part of the One Love Louisville campaign.

Leah Pugh is featured in the first video sharing her own story.

"I was a great student coming up and then I stepped out into a lifestyle that I wasn't used to," Pugh said. "I was addicted to drugs and alcohol and a lot of things happened to me. So, just kind of overcoming that (is my story). I am an alumni of the Women's Healing Place; just being able to move forward in my life, being a beacon of light in the community making sure that I'm giving back."

"You make it personal," said Brandyn Bailey of the office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods. "You may say, 'Oh my gosh, I didn't know you had some sort of problem with addiction.' Well, if you only knew me. I didn't know you came from a household where such and such was in jail, or such and such was buried at young age. You think about the problems we are facing in our community. We have reached our 100th homicide (of the year)."

These videos will come out the first Wednesday of every month.

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