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

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 Regatta Park.

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 YWCA that statistics show a woman is sexually assaulted every two minutes somewhere in America.

The 5K run is the brainchild of Karla Docter, senior director of Sexual Assault Services and the head of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training program that the run directly benefits.

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.

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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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