Woman to run 285 miles in a wedding dress to raise awareness for narcissistic domestic abuse

  • 15 May - 21 May, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

A woman is setting out to raise awareness for narcissistic domestic abuse by running a nearly 300-mile journey across New York – and she'll be doing it all in a wedding dress. Vanessa Reiser will embark on the lengthy run on May 17 in Oswego, New York, and plans to finish on May 29 in Manhattan. The journey will amount to 285 total miles, which means Reiser will be running approximately 23 miles, or close to one marathon, each day. Though it seems like an exhausting feat, Reiser's reason for running is an important, and personal, one. She's taking on the challenge to raise awareness for narcissistic domestic abuse after experiencing it firsthand – and to symbolise her mission, she will be wearing a wedding dress. Long before she was advocating against domestic abuse, Reiser says she was engaged to "a diagnosed narcissist sociopath" who had a history of abusing his partners. As a clinical therapist, Reiser knew something was not right with her relationship, but couldn't quite figure out what the problem was. It wasn't until she had withdrawn from many of her favourite activities, due to her partner's demands, that she had "a wake-up call" and realised he was a narcissistic domestic abuser. "The day I figured it out, I left," she recalls. Along with increasing awareness about the cause, Reiser is hoping to raise money during her run, which will go toward funding recovery services. Her goal is currently set at $200,000.