A COVENTRY sexual abuse survivor is running 10k over ten days to raise funds for a city charity which helped her with her recovery.
Stacey Watts will start her 100k challenge today (Thursday, October 21) to mark the tenth anniversary of her assault.
She was sexually assaulted in her sleep and was supported by the Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) throughout the court case, which resulted in a successful conviction.
Stacey said: “The recovery from my assault has been a long one, and although it’s been ten years since the abuse, it’s still something I think about daily.
“Luckily, I was supported by CRASAC, an amazing charity who made me feel safe, welcomed and believed.
“I never really said thank you to team at CRASAC who help so many survivors through difficult times so this is my way of showing my appreciation and giving something back.”
CRASAC is a rape crisis centre which provides specialist helpline, counselling and advocacy support services to all those who have been affected by rape or sexual violence at any time in their lives.
The charity aims to address the trauma and injustice of abuse by giving victims and survivors a voice.
For Stacey’s final 10k she will join the team of 40 runners taking part CRASAC’s 40th anniversary fund-raising run as part of the Coventry 5K next Sunday, October 31.
Natalie Thompson, CEO of CRASAC, said: “A huge thanks to Stacey for her commitment and dedication by taking on this challenge for CRASAC.
“For survivors like Stacey and all our clients, it’s a difficult and painful journey.
“I hope the support that organisations such as ours go some way to providing the help they need on their path to recovery.”
Stacey has already smashed her initial £2,500 fund-raising total and now wants to generate as much cash as possible for the cause.
Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Stacey10x10/ to donate.