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Break the Silence Run Tackles Sexual Assault

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Runners work to fund the center helping hundreds of  children who are victims of sexual abuse. 
One in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused but only thirty-eight percent tell anyone.
The Break the Silence event in Joplin hopes to change that. About one hundred and forty  runners are helping raise dollars to support the Childrens Center of Southwest Missouri in Joplin which treated more than seven hundred children in the community who were victims of sexual abuse. 
Runners could take part in  a 5k or 10k run that started at Roper KIA in Joplin. 
The third annual event also included some raffles along with information and resources about sexual assault.

Organizer Miranda Murdock said,  "Awareness equals prevention so the more we can get adults to be empowered to start talking to their kids about body safety and unsafe secrets and then we're also trying to raise money for childrens' center and just to show the adult survivors that they're not alone."

Murdock said the Break the Silence focus is personal, I'm a survivor myself and I spent most of my life feeling alone in that secret. And once I realized that I wasn't alone, I wanted that kind of freedom and feeling for other people.  I also wanted to try to reach these kids before it actually happened to them."

Last years event brought in sixteen hundred dollars.  Murdock did not yet have a count for this year's event at the time of this post. 

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