The latest numbers state that about 1 in 10 children will experience child sexual abuse before their 18 birthday' or "about 1 in 7 girls or 1 in 25 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18."
As a Forensic Interviewer I have witnessed first hand the affects this kind of abuse can leave behind. I've also seen what amazing work Child Advocacy Centers do for children. I have seen some amazing people do amazing things with children. Unfortunately all of the funding for the centers come by way of grants or donations. This year, like many other programs, the funding was cut drastically. I wanted to do something to not only raise awareness about this horrific crime but to also help raise funds to help keep programs in place. These programs are all free of charge to a victim and their families.
I thought about the children and the incredibly difficult journey that begins the moment they decide to trust enough and tell someone about their abuse. From that moment on their lives will forever be changed. I wanted to do something that reflected their extremely tough journey. When I couldn't locate anything that I felt reflected their hard road, I decided to create my own journey. My event is not corporate sponsored, it is just one person trying to motivate not only other individuals, but communities, cities, and states to join in. On Oct 17th, I will begin a multi day walk from the shores of South Haven to the doorstep of Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County in Battle Creek, where I will present a check to the manager of the program. 100% of everything raised on this fundraising web site will be presented to the manager on Sunday Oct 20th. The operating costs of the journey have come directly out of my own pocket, nothing is taken from the fundraising.
The staff of Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County will greet us at the Child Advocacy Center where they will open the doors to anyone that wishes to see the facility. There will be refreshments and a silent auction. The auction consists of many items donated by community partners to include Art, American Girl dolls, Keurig Coffee Machine, Stained Glass items, crotched afghans, kid friendly toys, jewelry, and many more.
Please take a moment to support this journey, either by donation or by raising awareness. Come out and walk or just track the walk and remember that it only takes one voice to be heard. Let us all be that ONE VOICE!
If you would prefer to mail a check, please make them payable and mail to:
SAS of Calhoun County - 1VJ
36 W. Manchester
Battle Creek MI 49037
The Journey begins Thursday October 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Bailey Street Trailhead in South Haven
Finishes on Sunday October 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County
36 W. Manchester in Battle Creek
Click on the link below to see the route. http://www.kalcounty.com/parks/krvt/KRVT_RegionalMap.pdf
Day 1 - Begin 9:00 AM at Bailey St Trailhead South Haven
Lunch 12:30 PM at 54th St Kal-Haven Trail crossing Grand Junction
End 3:30 PM at Oak St Kal-Haven Trail crossing Bloomingdale
Day 2 - Begin 9:00 AM at Oak St Kal-Haven Trail crossong Bloomingdale
Lunch 12:30 PM at 23rd St Kal-Haven Trail crossing
End 3:30 PM at Owen Dr Kal-Haven Trail crossing outside Kzoo
Day 3 - Begin 9:00 AM at Owen Dr Kal-Haven Trail crossing outside Kzoo
Lunch 12:30 PM at Sutherland Park Loop Kzoo
End 3:30 PM at River Oaks Park Comstock Township
Day 4 - Begin 9:00 AM at River Oaks Park Comstock Township
Lunch 12:30 PM at N Brady Rd BC Linear Park Trailhead
End 3:00 PM at 36 W. Manchester BC