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.