Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Changing the world... one race at a time

From left to right: Esther, Crytal, Lisa, Dave, Maria, Hailee, James, Danette, David, Emily, and Shane.  (Photo taken by Dehn Craig)

On behalf of the Run for Innocence team, I just wanted to say thank you to all those that joined us on our first run at the Pioneer Day Classic 5k & 10k.  It was a ton of fun, we raised some money, and we even got to answer a few questions from other runners at the race.  Here are a few pictures from the race:



I also wanted to give a special thank you to Dehn Craig, who ran the 5k with a camera to get some of these shots.  If you would like to see all the pictures from the race, click here.

Although we all ran at different paces and some ran the 5k and others ran the 10k, it was a very cool experience to see all of these amazing individual running together for a purpose.  Putting an end to childhood sexual abuse seems like an impossible task.  Many people out there may want to help make a difference, but don't know what to do.  You don't need to be a therapist, psychologist, a politician, or a millionaire to make a difference.  Doing something as simple as running can help make a difference, and ultimately create a better world for our children.

Thank you again to all those who ran with us and to those who donated to our cause!  Let's continue to change the world... one race at a time.

If you are interested in supporting our cause or running a a future race with us, please contact us at info@runforinnocence.org.



Monday, July 11, 2011

Life is too short for bitterness and rage


I had the chance to watch Diane Sawyer's interview with Jaycee Lee Dugard, the girl that was kidnapped at age 11 for 18 years.  During this time she was severely abused, sexual, physically, and mentally.  What she endured is unimaginable.  I highly recommend watching the full interview here.  It is simply amazing that she was able to survive and be as happy as she seems in spite of everything that she went through.

There was one thing in Jaycee's interview that really stood out to me.  Her mother said that Phillip Garrido, Jaycee's abuser, stole Jaycee's childhood, adolescence, her high school proms, etc.  Then Jaycee said something that really hit me.  She said, "I don't feel like I have this rage inside me that is building...  I refuse to let him have that.  He can't have me... [if I felt rage] it means that he won."  He may have stole all those things Jaycee's mother mentioned, but because of Jaycee's attitude, it's as she says in the interview, "he didn't get all of me."

Sexual abuse, however serious or seemingly not, is a terrible thing.  The abuser steals part of the victim's life and possibly murders the person they may have become, but victim doesn't have to lose everything.  With hope and the right attitude victims of abuse can with Jaycee, "he didn't get all of me," and that little bit of "me" is all I need to make a better life for myself and for my loved ones.



Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Erin's Law


Erin Merryn, 26 years old, from Illinois is a childhood sexual abuse survivor.  She has had two books published.  One, "Stolen Innocence," is about her journey through the pain and confusion cause by rape and abuse to ultimately finding strength to overcome.  Her second book, "Living For Today," is about her journey after the abuse and touches on her mission to get a law passed that mandates children be educated by law in schools on sexual abuse in a child friendly manner.

Erin went on a crusade to get Erin's law passed in Illinois. Erin testified to the Senate in May 2010 and all voted for Erin's law SB2843. November 2010 she testified to House and Erin's law was passed 110 yes votes. Erin's law was signed by Governor Pat Quinn February 14 2011.

Erin is now working to pass this law on a national level.  She will be speaking in DC next month.  We wish her the best of luck and pray that this law will be passed.  It is amazing what one person can do!

Erin's website: www.erinmerryn.net
Erin's Law Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ErinsLaw