WATERVILLE – On April 26 at Thomas College in Waterville at 9:00 am, we anticipate over 600 people will be running or walking in solidarity against the harsh reality of the impact of sexual violence in our Maine communities. Inspired by the current Maine statistic of an estimated ONE in FIVE people in Maine have been affected by sexual violence (Muskie School of Public Policy, Maine Crime Victimizations Rates, 2011), the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center is hosting the fourth annual One in Five 5k race. This event is taking place in the month of April to honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
100% of the proceeds of this event will benefit the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center and their services for survivors of sexual abuse. A fully staffed and highly trained Sexual Assault Support-line available 24hours a day, Support groups, justice system advocacy, school based prevention education, and Children’s Advocacy Center are all provided free of charge to the members of the Kennebec and Somerset counties’ communities in need. Hundreds of people utilize these important services every year.
The Month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and as an opportunity to raise awareness of sexual violence in our community, we have chosen to highlight the 1 In 5 statistic in way that encourages anyone in the community to show up and make a difference and “race for the ONE.” At this event, we have planned a visual representation of this statistic. This will be created by race participants, who each will receive one of 2 colors of t-shirts: 80% of participants will be receiving an Orange t-shirt and one in five t-shirts will be Teal Blue to represent the powerful statistic that one in in five people in Maine will experience sexual violence in their lifetime.
This year’s event will be sponsored by Central Maine Motors Auto Group of Waterville, KSW Federal Credit Union, WABI TV 5, The Mix 107.9 and the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.