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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 2013 – CONTACT: Pamela Pine, PhD, 240-351-7740

STOP THE SILENCE, INC. ANNOUNCES TENTH ANNUAL EVENT:
RACE TO STOP THE SILENCE
Race to Stop the Silence on Sunday, April 14th
to Raise Awareness and Funds for Programming to Address the Near-Silent Epidemic
Impacting More than One in Four Girls & One in Six Boys in the U.S.                                                                                                                                                        

“RACE TO STOP THE SILENCE”

Sunday, April 14th
Raise Awareness and Funds for Programming to Address the Near-Silent Epidemic
Impacting More than One in Four Girls & One in Six Boys in the U.S.
December 2012, Washington, DC—Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. (Stop the Silence, www.stopcsa.org), a charitable, non-profit organization based outside of Washington, D.C. and dedicated to the comprehensive prevention and mitigation of child sexual abuse (CSA), is holding its Tenth Annual International event, the Race to Stop the Silence (Stop Child Sexual Abuse) on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 9 AM ET in Washington, D.C. off of Freedom Plaza (April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month). More than 1200 people are expected this year. (Races also taking place in Florida and Kenya on April 14, 2013, and Walks in California and Europe on other dates!).
People from all over the U.S. are coming together for this 10th annual 8K Race and Walk, a 1K kids’ fun run, games, awards and prizes (all kids get a prize), singers and other notables like Mark Moseley of Redskins and NFL fame, who is a National Spokesperson for Stop the Silence, along with other “Skins”!! There will be entertainment, inspirational speakers, informational booths, and more. Information and registration is available at www.dcrace.org.
“Stop the Silence is eager to again host this important event that gives a voice and support to the victims and survivors of the horrors of child sexual abuse, and that provides the public with important information about this profound public health problem,” said Dr. Pamela Pine, Founder of Stop the Silence. “This silent epidemic is everyone’s problem, creating long-lasting and negative impacts on children, adults and our society,” she added. “The statistics speak volumes. Seventy three percent of sex workers overall and 95 percent of teen sex workers were sexually abused before the age of 18; over 32 percent of convicted killers (men and women) were sexually abused as children; 60% of teenage mothers; and 73% of runaway girls. Most children are abused by someone they know, and who have access to the child – in other words, children are abused primarily by community and family members. The Race to Stop the Silence brings the issue out to the light so that we can address this as a society in our individual communities.”
Event entry fees are $30 through March 15, 2012, $35 through 9am EST April 12, and $40 after that, at packet pickup and on-site the day of the Race. Registration for kids 12 and under for any part of the event is $5. Event registration is open on-line through 4/12, in-person on Saturday, 4/13 (see Web site for location), and on Race day off Freedom Plaza starting at 7am. Please visit www.dcrace.org.
Support this year and every year comes from the generosity of many groups including various companies, agencies, food, beverage and specialty groups like: Women’s Calendar/Women’s Radio, ClearChannel Radio, Coca Cola, UnderArmour, Clif Bars, and others.
About Stop the Silence: Stop the Silence is a non-profit, charitable organization working with individuals, companies, and community- and faith-based organizations in various locations to expose and stop child sexual abuse and help survivors heal worldwide. More information at www.stopcsa.org.

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