Fit Family Friday: Run to fight child abuse

Fit Family Friday: Run to Fight Child Abuse

09/09/2016 - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A run later this month will raise money to help save even the smallest survivors.

Each year, over 300 children in Horry and Georgetown counties are sexually or physically abused or neglected. The Children's Recovery Center is most often the only place those young victims can turn for the help they desperately need.

"The average age of the child we see is 8 years old, said the center's executive director, Louise Carson. "We do see children aged 0 to 17."

The CRC works closely with law enforcement and community partners to help provide the best outcome for the children. This includes physical exams, forensic interviews and advocacy.

All of the funding comes from grants and private donors, which is why an upcoming fundraiser is so critical.

"The run is our biggest fundraiser of the year, said Carson.  "It helps close the gap between the money we receive. We receive some from government funding, but there is a big gap on what it actually costs and what is received."

This year's CRC 5K Walk/Run takes place on Saturday, Sept. 24 in Murrells Inlet. It starts with a pasta dinner on Friday, Sept. 23, at King Street Grill in Murrells Inlet from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $10 for children and $20 for adults.

All ages can walk or run in the race on Saturday, and it is free for kids 7 and under. Runners will pay $30 for the 5K, and there is a 1-mile fun run for $20. The 5K begins at 8 a.m., at Morse Park Landing and breakfast follows.

For those who cannot make the run but would like to help CRC, just click here.

Child Abuse Statistics

  • One in four girls and one in five boys are sexually abused before the age of 18
  • About 95 percent of victims know their perpetrators
  • About 90 percent never tell
  • The average age of children seen at CRC is 8
  • It is estimated there are 60 million survivors of child sexual abuse in America today
  • Approximately 300 children are assessed each year for sexual assault at the Children's Recovery Center.  

Source: CRC

Report any suspected abuse to law enforcement or social services:

  • Horry County Department of Social Services - (843) 915-4780
  • Horry County Police - (843) 915-5350
  • Georgetown County Department of Social Services - (843) 546-5102
  • Georgetown County Sheriff's Office - (843) 546-5102

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