RUN2HEAL | Run Across the USA

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Raised by 364 people in 9 months

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.

As a survivor, I am running across the United States of America in an effort to inspire 1,000,000 people to break their silence while also raising $1 million dollars to prevent and treat child abuse.

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, 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.

This all happens in therapy. It is the only way to heal.

Please help me spread this message, and raise at least $1,000,000 to prevent and treat child abuse worldwide. Humanity has no borders.

Thank you,

Christian Griffith, runner & advocate
in association with Help For Children [HFC]

RUN2HEAL | 3000 miles to prevent & treat child abuse
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Friends & Supporters - Check out this beautifully-produced piece on Run2Heal from NBC. I couldn't be more proud of the job they did. Absolutely stunning production. https://youtu.be/DFPHDVV0b5c - Thanks again for your support.
NBC | Abuse Survivor Running 3,000 Miles
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Welp, it all goes down tomorrow. All the build-up, all the work, preparation, training, planning, begging, ...it's all happening. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!
Official Run2Heal Video
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We've secured the RV for the 5-month journey and Christian (runner) and Adam (handler) are ready to go! Monday is the start. Follow along at https://run2heal.org and on FB, IG & Twitter @run2heal
The Run2Heal Transcon RV. We're ready!
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Today is the 2-year anniversary of the beginning of all this... Here is an excerpt from: https://liveforaliving.com/living-blog/thats-right-i-was-sexually-abused

"I wanted to live for a living, right? Well, when you find yourself halfway around the world, rolling deep in self-administered suffering through the streets of Thailand, in the middle of the pitch-black night, pondering ways to join others in the personal fight for freedom from demons so taboo no one wants to touch them, and you are doing so through extreme physical events designed to get people to pay attention - you are definitely living for a living."
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$35,809 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 364 people in 9 months
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