In an office that currently consists of all women, we’re familiar with the staggering statistics surrounding domestic and sexual violence, particularly as they pertain to our gender: One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Almost 18 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape. Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted. So when we were presented with the opportunity to assist local nonprofit Stand Up Placer reduce these statistics and eliminate these types of violence in our immediate Placer County community, we couldn’t say no.
Stand Up Placer, an amazing community-based 501(c)3 organization, is Placer County’s primary resource for offering comprehensive services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking. In 2013, the organization assisted more than 2,500 Placer County residents, provided 5,819 safe bed nights in their safe house and answered a total of 3,694 calls on the 24 hour crisis line. Out of their Auburn and Roseville service offices, they also offer victim advocacy, walk-in support and group counseling to survivors and those in immediate crisis.
To continue to raise the funds its needs to provide these services and raise awareness about October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Stand Up Placer will be holding its fourth annual Stand Up and Run 5K and 10K run and walk at Roseville’s Sculpture Park this Saturday, October 4…and this is where we came in in.
The organization came to us with a goal to raise community awareness about their cause and have a record-number of race participants. Never one to back down from a challenge, we developed an outreach plan and social media social calendar to ensure that Stand Up Placer had the tools they need to make this great event succeed. We partnered with friend, Entercom Sacramento, and local media, such as the Roseville Press Tribune and Granite Bay View, to educate the community about Stand Up Placer’s services and promote race registration.
And this is where you come in. Run (or walk!) in this Saturday’s race for this important, affecting cause. Do it for your community. Do it for your friends, your kids, your loved ones. Together, we can not only help this incredible organization exceed its goals for this year’s event, but we can take a firm stand against domestic and sexual violence in our community.
Race registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children, with group rates for teams of five and families. Donations and online registration can be completed here: http://www.standupplacer.org/stand-up-and-run/