The âMarch Together to End Child Abuse and Neglectâ takes place on Sunday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Sunday, the first annual “Walk Together” to End Child Abuse and Neglect will be held at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
The fundraising event, which will run from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., will help raise funds and raise awareness of the issue that Cathy Studer takes personally.
“1 in 5 children will be sexually abused in one form or another before the age of 18,” she said.
She gets this data from the CDC and other health experts. It is also a reality that she knows.
Studer suffered six years of abuse as a child, along with pain, low self-esteem and humiliation.
âChild sexual abuse and abuse has effects and does not discriminate against neighborhood, race, gender or socio-economic status,â she said.
It took a long time for her to heal and during her journey she wrote a book about her struggles and success titled Broken to beautifully whole. She said the need for awareness continues to grow daily.
It’s a call she and others hope to answer with the walk.
“We March to End Childhood Abuse and Neglect. This is the first ever organized march to end childhood abuse and neglect,” Studer said.
The walk is sponsored by End Childhood Abuse and Neglect or EndCAN, and Breaking Silence.
With each step taken, Studer hopes they will educate, disseminate prevention advice, and create a community of hope, healing and positivity.
She said childhood abuse and neglect is a sad reality, and that is why this walk is necessary.
âIt’s time to change that and that’s exactly the mission of this walk,â Studer said.
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