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#432834 - 04/29/13 10:04 AM 1st Place
csasurvivor1992 Offline

Registered: 03/25/13
Posts: 132
Loc: Texas
I ran a 5k this weekend for victims of violent crimes. small, community 5k with about 100 people or so. Not my fastest time, in fact it ranged on the slower end. But I finished first, first place overall.

8 years of running 5k's and this is the first I've won and it was the first for a cause I am inextricably linked to.

I felt compelled to say something. I asked if I could. They let me.

I said I was a survivor of childhood sexual assault. What I looked for then, what I look for now is a hug from my mom saying that it's not my fault. I told them this happens, to be aware. 1 in 6 boys, 1 in 4 girls. I implored them that if they suspect something to make the kid feel safe, to hug them and tell them it's not their fault.

We may not be able to change what happened to us, but we can educate people on the issues. We can enlighten them and hopefully change their response.

It was a pretty good weekend.
May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground, carry on. ~Fun.

#432836 - 04/29/13 10:17 AM Re: 1st Place [Re: csasurvivor1992]
traveler Offline

Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 4134
Loc: resettling in NE Ohio
YOU are a winner in more ways than one!

that was a perfect speech. not too much information - but factual and prompting feelings and action for the kids.

i am SURE there were those in the crowd who needed to hear that.

thank you and congrats,
"My experience has shown me that I all too often tend to deny that which lies behind, but as I still believe, that which is denied cannot be healed." Brennan Manning, "All is Grace - A Ragamuffin Memoir"

#432837 - 04/29/13 10:23 AM Re: 1st Place [Re: csasurvivor1992]
DavoSwim Offline

Registered: 02/06/13
Posts: 388
Loc: Midwest
Congratulations on winning the race. I run myself and I know the excitement of winning a race. There is nothing like breaking the tape at the finish line. There are many ways to define success in a race. It can be as simple as doing your best time. It may be completing a race that you didn't think you can do. It can also be, like you experienced, the thrill of winning. I hope you have good memories.

More importantly, congratulations on speaking out regarding CSA. The message needs to be spread and people need to hear it. As traveler just mentioned, I'm sure that someone in the crowd needed to hear your message.

I wish you continued success in helping CSA victims and in your athletic endeavors.


#432856 - 04/29/13 11:59 AM Re: 1st Place [Re: csasurvivor1992]
dark empathy Offline

Registered: 11/26/07
Posts: 2552
Loc: durham, north england
wow, fantastic, indeed I don't know which I admire more the running or the public speech on csa, both are such amazing things to achieve, for yourself and for others

I hope you can let yourself feel proud of this.

#432869 - 04/29/13 02:02 PM Re: 1st Place [Re: csasurvivor1992]
ThisMan Offline

Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 778
Loc: upper south
TERRIFIC!! and congratulations on both fronts... the win and the public address. A true HERO, you are.
For now we see through a glass, darkly.

#432885 - 04/29/13 04:38 PM Re: 1st Place [Re: csasurvivor1992]
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Registered: 05/16/12
Posts: 1159
Loc: ""

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#433127 - 05/01/13 06:11 AM Re: 1st Place [Re: csasurvivor1992]
Publius Offline

Registered: 03/13/12
Posts: 444
Loc: OH
This is awesome!
"Life is like this dark tunnel. You may not always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving, you will come to a better place." ~ General Iroh

#433128 - 05/01/13 07:02 AM Re: 1st Place [Re: csasurvivor1992]
Farmer Boy Offline

Registered: 08/23/12
Posts: 442
Loc: Australia
Yes - I agree with all the above...

And add I am proud of you!!

More than meets the eye!


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