“Ending the Shame," a local child sexual awareness group, is holding a benefit to raise funds in support of an 8-year-old girl who is a victim of sexual abuse.
The benefit will be held at Grandmother’s Iron Skillet Kitchen from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Children will eat for free and all tips and donations will go toward helping the victim.
Activities will include face painting, balloon animals and more.
“It’s an opportunity for the community to come out and enjoy a good meal while supporting this cause,” said organizer Amanda Muse. “Our goal is to help this little girl and ultimately, to help all survivors of sexual abuse.”
“It is said that 1 in 6 boys will be molested during their lifetime and 1 in 4 girls will be raped, assaulted or molested. Which means if you walk into your child’s classroom at school, at least two of each have been abused,” added Muse.
The group’s mission is to promote awareness and empower victims to become survivors.
“Here at ‘Ending the Shame’, we strive to put an end to guilt and shame that survivors may feel after revealing their abuse. We will be here to guide them from the path of victim to survivor,” said Advocate Aleah Ozbirn, who founded the group on Dec. 5, 2013. “We feel their bravery for telling about their sexual abuse is something to be celebrated. We vow to be here for both the parents and children through their journey.”
(For more information, visit www.facebook.com/endingtheshame or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org)