Running 3000 Miles to Prevent & Treat Child Abuse
My goal is to raise $1 million to prevent and treat child abuse. On March 16, 2018, in support of Help For Children [HFC], I will put my life on hold and begin running 3000 miles across the United States of America, in an effort to to encourage, inspire, and motivate individuals affected by child abuse.
This effort is much bigger than me just frolicking across this great nation of ours. It took me over thirty years to come to grips with the sexual abuse I experienced in my early teens. There is something very wrong with that. I am still not healed, but I want to get people talking, Loudly. The only way out for those afflicted with this kind of trauma is treatment. The only way to stop the affliction is prevention. The only way any of this happens is by talking about it. I want to get people talking and that's why I have partnered with HFC. They are not only talking about it, they are doing something about it.
This is a massive effort. The planning is a daily affair and none of this can be done alone. "It takes a village" has never become more apparent than it has in trying to wrangle the logistics for a transcontinental run, but you can help. There are so many ways to get involved:
Christian's Story of Survival
As a survivor, I am running across the United States of America in an effort to inspire those who have been abused to break their silence; while doing that, I am dedicating myself to raising $1 million to prevent and treat child abuse.
Five children will die today at the hands of a child abuser. One in three girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18, and, 80% of 21 year-olds who report childhood abuse meet the criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
But nobody really talks about it.
I'm going to talk about it. Loudly. I am spreading the message of treatment - the only way out. Let me say that again. Treatment is the only way out. Because nobody talks about it, I packaged up my own personal experiences of abuse, airtight, and put them on a shelf high up, and deep into my brain, for over 30 years, just hoping, "out of sight, out of mind."
But experiences are sneaky.
While we are busy building a public façade, the confusing thoughts and feelings of guilt around past experiences bring on a lifetime of shame, anger, dishonesty, poor choices, broken relationships, and a lack of self-worth.
The first step is acknowledgment. The second step is processing the realities of what has happened, digging deep and learning the depth of the effects of your abuse, and lastly, you must walk through the fire, addressing each behavior that you want to change.
It all happens in therapy. It is the only way to heal.
Please help me spread this message, and raise at least $1 million to prevent and treat child abuse, worldwide. Humanity has no borders.
Runner & advocate in association with Help For Children [HFC]