Rutherford Romp

Rutherford Romp 5K

Charity

About the Rutherford Romp Foundation
 
The Rutherford Romp Foundation has been established to leave a "footprint" by helping charities whose missions are focused in Rutherford County. There are many ways, large and small, that we can all make a difference. One way is by adopting the principal of "leave it better than you found it." Following this principal, we have organized an event that aims to do just that. The main way we do this is by staging the Rutherford Romp 5k Run/Walk.

The proceeds from this inaugural event will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford and Cannon Counties (C.A.C.). Their impact is local, critical and affects the lives of thousands of Rutherford County residents every year. According to their statistics, 1,165 people were directly provided services in 2012 alone.
 


Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County Inc.


Mission
The mission of the Child Advocacy Center is to serve victims of child abuse, child sexual abuse and drug endangered children along with their non-offending parents and family members. The Center works as a multidisciplinary team with Department of Children’s Services, law enforcement, mental health counselors, and the District Attorney’s Office to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases and help children and their families heal from the trauma and victimization of the abuse.


Program Statistics
The Child Advocacy Center served 846 children and 319 parents and grandparents, for a total of 1,165 clients in fiscal year 2012. The crimes committed against the children and their families included:
  • 785 Child sexual abuse
  • 132 Child physical abuse
  • 175 Drug endangered children and 47 non-offending caregivers
  • 4 Domestic violence
  • 3 Adults molested as children
  • 19 Other crimes, including 3 Neglect Death, 6 Environmental Neglect, 4 Medical Maltreatment, 3 Lack of supervision, and 3 DEC/sex abuse


Child Abuse Services
The Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County, Inc. is a non-profit agency that serves victims of child abuse, child sexual abuse, and drug endangered children along with their non-offending parents and family members.  The Center works as a multidisciplinary team with Department of Children’s Services, law enforcement, mental health counselors, and the District Attorney’s Office to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases and help children and their families heal from the trauma and victimization of the abuse.  In the last 13 years, the team has worked together to investigate and prosecute over 8,000 child abuse cases and assisted over 11,000 individuals in Rutherford and Cannon Counties.  Last year, the Center served 1,165 clients, including 846 children and 319 parents and grandparents.   


Darkness to Light Project

Darkness to Light is a new nationwide training project designed to train adults how to protect children by teaching them the 7 Steps to Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse.  The Child Advocacy Center began implementing this education project in September 2012.  Since then, over 600 adults have learned to protect children from child sexual abuse and what to do if a child reports abuse to them.  

Experts estimate that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday.  We have taught children to protect themselves from child sexual abuse, but that has not worked.  Only 1 out of 10 children report child sexual abuse.  90% of child sexual abuse victims never report the abuse.  This means that in school classrooms, daycares, churches, Sunday schools, sports teams, choirs, marching bands, cheerleading squads, dance teams, and homes—everywhere you see children in our community, there are boys and girls who are silently bearing the burden of child sexual abuse alone.

A child’s safety is an adult’s responsibility.  We make our children wear seat belts.  We walk them across busy streets.  We store toxic cleaners out of their reach.  We ask our teenagers where they are going, who they will be with, what time they will be home—all to keep our children safe.  Protecting children from child sexual abuse is also an adult responsibility.  

There are lots of reasons why adults do not adequately protect children from child sexual abuse, but the main reason is that they do not know how.  Parents and grandparents are unaware of the steps they can take to protect their children from child sexual abuse.  They do not know the signs of child sexual abuse and they do not know what to do if their child tells them it is happening.   The Child Advocacy Center, in collaboration with the Rutherford County Coalition Against Child Abuse, has set a goal to train 10,000 Rutherford County parents and grandparents in the next 3-5 years.
 

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2015 Event Information

Different 5k Run/Walk Age Divisions for males and females.

1 Mile Fun Run for all ages.

Every participant will receive a medal. The top three male and the top three female finishers will receive special prizes.

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You can learn more about the event by visiting our 'Race Divisions' page...
 

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2014 Event Information

2014 Rutherford Romp - THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this event such a success! We look forward to seeing you at our 2015 event on October 3rd, 2015!