Tuesday, April 2, 2013

It's Time to Break the Silence!


April is here again and that means it's Child Abuse Awareness Month.  We have been planning to launch a campaign and figured this month would be the perfect time to do it!  The campaign is called "Break the Silence."

Childhood sexual abuse is an ugly thing.  However, a culture of silence exists around this problem.  Some may think that not talking about the problem and sweeping it under the rug will make it go away, but the reality is that the silence only perpetuates the cycle of abuse.  It's time to end the cycle!  Through this campaign, we hope that many will "Break the Silence" and have the courage to speak up about CSA.  If you wish to tell your story or share your opinion, please email us at breakthesilence@runforinnocence.org (please let us know how you would like to attribute the post or if you want to remain anonymous).  Whether you have been a victim, had a loved one affected by abuse, or simply want to speak you mind about CSA, we encourage you to send us a message and we will share it on this site.  We will post the messages we receive on the main page, but also provide links to all the posts on the new "Break the Silence" tab.

Since starting Run for Innocence, we have received several emails and messages from friends, acquaintances, and strangers about their experiences in dealing with childhood sexual abuse.  Some have been personal experiences, others have been about a family member or friend, but we have felt some the pain of the victims in every story.  I personally know how much it hurts to kept something like that in and for me the pain didn't start going away until I was able to talk with someone.  I know most stories that involve childhood sexual abuse are gut-wrenching and almost unbearable to hear, but our hope is that through this campaign, people affected by childhood sexual abuse, like those who have shared their stories with me, will be able break the silence, begin healing, and offer hope to those still trapped by the effects of CSA.  Together we can not just be survivors, but overcomers of CSA!

James Huntington
Founder of Run for Innocence


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