To mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, more than 400 runners and walkers — plus a large contingent of organizers, volunteers and spectators — spent a recent Saturday morning showing their support at the YWCA's fourth annual “2 Minute” 5K, held downtown at
The morning of April 21 was full of activities for the family, which included the Kiddie K, Rowdy the Redhawk, a fire truck, a community fair and live music.
The race's name refers to an assertion from the
The 5K run is the brainchild of Karla Docter,
When a victim of sexual assault is taken to the hospital, specially trained nurses and advocates can respond 24 hours a day to provide a medical exam, psychological support, prophylactic medication and emergency contraception, all free and with no requirement to report the crime to the police.
Docter told The Oklahoman that SANE provides the special education and training for these professionals to help those who have been raped and sexually assaulted.
Official race chairmen Bryan and Andrea Gonterman, of Edmond, brought their daughters Sophia, 9, and Bella, 5, to run in the Kiddie K.
Bryan Gonterman said as a husband, son and
Andrea Gonterman, a psychologist who works with victims of sexual
“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
“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.
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.