Sometimes you need to take a stand for something. For us here at A.I.P, last Sunday 18 Oct we joined the local Sunshine Coast Laurel House State Funded Specialist Service in conjunction with Parkrun Australia and Kawana Surf Club to support the cause of stopping sexual violence.
Laurel House is a state funded specialist service based on the Sunshine Coast. They are committed to communities free from sexual violence. The Freedom run was a 5km charity event for Sexual Violence Awareness month this October. The purpose of the run was to create awareness regarding the prevalence of sexual violence from a local to global level and to raise funds to support those who have been affected by sexual violence. On a beautiful Sunshine Coast afternoon, the run was attended by local community members of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds – banded together in unified support of this worthwhile drive.
A disturbing Statistic from the “Personal Safety Survey 2012” – https://www3.aifs.gov.au/acssa/statistics.html
- In 2012 an estimated 17% (1,494,000) of all women aged 18 years and over had experienced sexual assault since the age of 15.
- In 2012 an estimated 4% (336,000) of all men aged 18 years and over had experienced sexual assault since the age of 15.
This is a reminder that we as a species SHOULD and ARE capable of influencing change within our own communities and that atrocities towards our fellow humans are not acceptable. Positive action and support of our fellows, banded this local group together and it was fantastic to not only see people participating, but actively cheering on those running, finishing and generally being part of the day.