Thursday, April 28, 2011

CSA Awareness Month - April 2011


In efforts to raise public awareness of CSA, a group of bloggers got together and created this blog.  There are some really good articles on there.  I recommend checking it out, although please be aware that some of the personal stories may not be suitable for children.

Also, on behalf of Run for Innocence, I wanted to thank them for posting a portion of our article on their site.  Check it out here.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Silence


By the time a child is 16 years old, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will have been sexually abused.  However, Dr. Susan Forward, one of the nation’s leading therapists, said that "Ninety percent of sexual abuse victims never tell."

Why is this?  Why do ninety percent of victims never tell?

It seems that we live in a society in which the topic of childhood sexual abuse is taboo.  So many people seem to want to ignore it and hope it will just go away or resolve itself, sweep it under the rug and figure no one will notice.  But any victim of abuse will tell you that the pain, guilt, and scars will not go away simply by ignoring it.

As a parent I know that if something happened to my child, I would want them to tell me.  I would want to help them in anyway possible.  I am sure most parents feel the same way.  However, children are often to tell because they are scared of getting in trouble, being treated differently, etc.  But far too often when a child does work up the courage to open her mouth, she is not taken seriously and we don't take action.  Or sometimes, we may make matters worse and confirm the child's fears, simply because we do not know how to handle the situation.  Something needs to change...

There is a culture of silence in our society when it comes to childhood sexual abuse.  In order to put an end to this horrible epidemic, there needs to be a fundamental change.

Why do you think this culture of silence exists?  What can we do to change it?

- James Huntington



Friday, April 15, 2011

Who We Are...

Run For Innocence is a non profit charitable organization (501(c)(3) status pending) dedicated to creating a society free of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) by raising awareness in our communities, educating on prevention strategies, and offering support to those who have experienced the trauma of CSA.

Research shows that by the time a child reaches the age of 16, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys have experienced some form of sexual abuse. We know that to achieve our goal there must be a fundamental change in the way CSA is viewed in our society, and we are committed to doing everything we can to create such a change and make the world a better place for our children. We know with your help this fight can be won!

Thank you!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Donations

Thank you for your interest in Run for Innocence and our mission to create a society free of childhood sexual abuse.  We are determined to do what is necessary to make this world a better place for our children.  For a limited time we are offering the following to those that donate:
  • Anyone that donates $5+ will receive a Run for Innocence wristband
  • Anyone that donates $40+ will receive a Run for Innocence T-Shirt as well as a wristband
If you have any questions or you would like to help us out in another way, please contact us at info@runforinnocence.org.

Friday, April 1, 2011

4/1/11 Announcements

We are excited to announce that Run for Innocence is now an official business entity. It has been established as a non profit corporation in the state of Utah. Section 501(c)(3) status is currently pending.

We are also pleased to announce the additions of Stephen Sandberg, Emily DeFreese (soon to be Emily Finch), and Megan Huntington to our Board of Directors and management team. We are confident that they will be strong assets for Run for Innocence.

More updates to come...