BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The third annual 'Riding for a Voice' will take place this Saturday in Calais.

This annual event works to break the silence of sexual assault, incest, and rape. It was started by Kayla Garriott, a young woman who was sexually abused from the time she was seven years old until she was a senior in high school. She was abused by her father.

Kayla and her mother, Robin Bouchard, went through court proceedings and a trial which eventually put Kayla's father in prison.

"At the end of it I was like, you know, I want to use this for good and I want to do it for a purpose instead of just letting it go," Garriott said.

She began her non-profit Breathe the AIR's and started the annual 'Riding for a Voice' motorcycle run.

"I wanted to use my story to raise awareness, knowing that I had a voice and I wanted someone to hear it," Garriott said. "I go out to different women's shelters and I have worked with kids as well. I've always offered my support as just somebody to talk to. I am not going to be there to force you to go to somebody, to get help and go to the police. I know where you are and I know that it is hard to live with something like that, but it helps to have someone there to talk about it who has been in a similar position."

This year's ride will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Calais Motor Inn parking lot in Calais. The route takes participants to The Chowder House in Eastport and concludes at Cohill's Inn in Lubec.

Registration fees are as followed:

  • $35 per couple on a motorcycle
  • $20 for a single rider on a motorcycle
  • $25 for a car with two passengers.

The cost includes one t-shirt, one ticket per rider for door prizes, and a schedule of the day's events.

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