Prosecutors described it as the most “horrific” case of child sexual abuse they had ever seen.
Now 21 years old, the young woman who was the victim in that case is shedding that label and calling herself a survivor. She said she owes it all to the Rockingham County Child Advocacy Center in Portsmouth.
This year’s Seacoast Half Marathon in Portsmouth on Nov. 10 will raise funds for the Rockingham County Child Advocacy Center and Sexual Assault Support Services. The agencies provide a collaborative response to cases of abuse and help improve the lives of more than 2,500 children in the Seacoast community.
The Seacoast Half Marathon raised more than $100,000 for last year’s benefactor and officials with SASS and the CAC hope to achieve this goal again this year.
SASS and CAC are seeking sponsors for the charity race. Sponsorship levels range from $10,000-plus to be a “Seacoast Visionary,” down to $250 to be a “Friend of the Seacoast.” Those unable to sponsor can also make a donation. To sponsor the 2013 Seacoast Half Marathon, visitwww.sassnh.org. The deadline is Sunday, Aug. 25.
“It really has changed my life,” said Melissa Mission. “I thought I was all alone. I didn’t know it happened to anyone else. I thought it was just me.”