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Here’s an inspiring story from Runner’s World:

https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a22663057/christian-griffith-cross-country-run-inspire-sex-abuse-survivors/

I started running in high school and have always done some sort of rigorous daily exercise ever since. I didn’t think of it as related to the abuse, but it makes sense.

Physically pushing your body is a way of getting back the control that was once taken away.

Griffith’s story especially resonated because like me, his mother was the perpetrator, and as awful as any sort of abuse is, I think there’s something especially painful when it comes from one who is supposed to look after you above all others. It’s hard to come back from that and find trust, self-worth, purpose. It looks like Griffith not only did, he’s pushing himself to become an inspiration for others.

Kudos to him. I hope he meets his fundraising goal.