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Strong Bodies, Safe Families 5K Oct. 5

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MILLTOWN – Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition and Crawford County’s Prevent Child Abuse Chapter announce their collaboration in hosting the area’s first “Strong Bodies, Safe Families” 5K walk-run starting at the Milltown Elementary School at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 5. This event is scheduled to take place during Domestic Violence Prevention Month and proceeds will benefit SWICACC’s mission to “Provide a safe reporting location for victims of crime and their families with community based multi-disciplinary teams that provide support, promote justice and help to prevent violence.”  The Crawford County Prevent Child Abuse Chapter will be assisted in its efforts to provide education and raise awareness about child abuse in the community.
Those who register to participate before Sept. 13 will receive a free T-shirt on the day of the walk-run. Participating adults and children may wear a Halloween costume if they wish. Prizes will be awarded for overall fastest male runner and female runner for the following categories: under 18, ages 18 to 29, ages 30 to 39, and 40 and older.
There will be first, second and third prizes for best children’s Halloween costume and adult Halloween costume. Entry forms are available at www.pacersandracers.com.
SWICACC is a nonprofit corporation created to promote the training and development of multi-disciplinary teams and child advocacy center facilities in Region 17. The seven counties comprising Region 17 include Spencer, Perry, Crawford, Dubois, Martin, Orange and Daviess.
The multidisciplinary teams from these counties consist of individuals from law enforcement, advocates, prosecution, the Department of Child Services, the medical community, counseling and service providers who are charged with investigating and responding to allegations of child abuse and neglect.
   Since SWICACC started in 2009, the training, equipment and facilities available to provide proper forensic interviewing of children has increased from two to six of the counties served with the number of interviews conducted increasing from 91 in 2010 to 171 in 2012.