Tuesday, February 18, 2020

I Run with Survivors Registration Now Open: Center for Prevention of Abuse Hosts Annual 5K Run/Walk in Honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month


In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, the Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) is hosting its 3rd annual 5K run/1 mile walk, I Run with Survivors, on Saturday, 4/11 at the Levee District at 8:00 AM. Registration is now open here. Enter code EARLYBIRD2020 at checkout to receive $10 off registration through Feb. 29, 2020.

The general admission fee is $30. The registration fee for participants ages 4-17 is $15 and registration is free for children younger than three years old. The course is stroller, wheelchair, and pet friendly. All participants will receive a race day t-shirt the color of sexual assault awareness and CFPA swag and are encouraged to wear it at the event. The first 50 participants to sign up receive a CFPA PopSocket. First time racers receive teal shoelaces and a water bottle.

Merchandise from CFPA, including coffee mugs, pop sockets, and more, are available for purchase on the registration website. The website also features a fundraising platform that allows participants to raise money for CFPA through peer-to-peer fundraising.

“We are very excited to partner for the third year with the City of East Peoria to host our 5K run and walk in honor of survivors of sexual assault this April,” said Carol Merna, Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Prevention of Abuse. “Last year, therapy referrals in our sexual assault program increased by more than 60%, showing us there is a high need for services for survivors. We are proud of the way this community continues to support our agency and we encourage everyone to come and join us, whether or not they have been affected by sexual violence. All the proceeds from registration go toward providing free and confidential services for survivors of sexual assault.”

Race day activities include speakers, photo opportunities, music from Mix 106.9, and refreshments following the race. Follow the event on Facebook here.

CFPA services for sexual assault survivors and all survivors of abuse are free and confidential and the crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-559-SAFE (7233).

About the Center for Prevention of Abuse
The Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) is the only agency authorized by the state of Illinois to provide a combination of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, human trafficking, and adult protective services for survivors of abuse. Annually, CFPA serves more than 5,000 women, men, and children affected by violence and abuse. CFPA offers school-based abuse prevention programming to students pre-K through college age, reaching more than 35,000 young people each year. Through these activities, plus community presentations and trainings, CFPA lives out its mission to help everyone – women, men and children – live free from violence and abuse.  For more information about CFPA, visit www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org or call 309-691-0551. The crisis line is available 24/7 1-800-559-SAFE (7233) and all victim services are free and confidential.

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