WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Today was the third annual One in Five 5K race, held at Thomas College.
The race is inspired by the current Maine statistic of an estimated one in five people in Maine that have been affected by sexual violence.
100% of the proceeds of the event will benefit the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center and their services for survivors of sexual abuse. Officials said there is a 24 hour hotline, 1-800-871-7741 with trained staff to help victims.
Event organizer, Donna Strickler said this event is taking place in the month of April to highlight Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
"To help our community become silent no more. So, and this is really about that. Our community coming together to show that it's important that we all have a voice. And this today, if you look at the sea of runners and you look at all those orange shirts it signify the one in five will be victims of sexual abuse in their lifetime."
Also, for locals of Kennebec and Somerset counties there are free sexual assault support groups, justice system advocacy and school based prevention education.