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5K run aims to raise awareness of sexual assault

More than 400 runners and walkers participated in the event
BY TIFFANY M. POOLE Published: May 1, 2012
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/articleid/3671200/1/pictures/1708354">Photo - Janet Peery, CEO of YWCA Oklahoma City, addresses runners at the starting line before the organization's 2-Minute 5K race.  PHOTO BY TIFFANY M. POOLE, THE OKLAHOMAN. <strong></strong>
Janet Peery, CEO of YWCA Oklahoma City, addresses runners at the starting line before the organization's 2-Minute 5K race. PHOTO BY TIFFANY M. POOLE, THE OKLAHOMAN.

Bryan Gonterman said as a husband, son and father of two girls, he wants to keep the focus on an issue that many women face.

Andrea Gonterman, a psychologist who works with victims of sexual assault, agreed.

“The more we raise awareness of the issue, the easier it becomes for those to get the help that they need,” Gonterman said. “To support the agency that locally helps these individuals is extremely vital to the community.”

Some of the participants chose to show their support by walking the 5K, while others were full steam ahead.

Jamon Jones, 26, came in at first place with a time of 18:18 (18 minutes and 18 seconds). Another of those trained marathon runners was Shauna Burr, of Oklahoma City, who won in the age 30-34 women's division.

Supporting other women was a motivating factor for Burr.

“Being a woman, I want to support other women and I think this organization does some great things to help women in desperate situations,” Burr said.

Janet Peery, CEO of YWCA of Oklahoma City, said she was thrilled with the turnout and believes it's a step in the right direction.

“I would like this run to put Oklahoma City on the map for saying that we are not going to put up with sexual assault in our community,” Peery said.


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YWCA campaign

In addition to raising money for its regular programming, the YWCA Oklahoma City is in the middle of a capital campaign to build a new, larger shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence situations.

For more information about the $15 million campaign, go online to www.ywca.org or send a check earmarked for the YWCA Oklahoma City Capital Campaign to YWCA Oklahoma City, 2460 W Interstate 44 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

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