Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Climbing for a cause

Carbonate Hill Climb raises funds for The Advocates

Express Staff Writer

Race prizes will be awarded to the top men, women and team, and 15 and under boys and girls. The Carbonate Hill Climb is sponsored by Albertsons. Courtesy photo

    The end of April brings the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but The Advocates’ fifth annual Carbonate Hill Climb this weekend guarantees plenty of time to walk, talk and reflect.
    The hike is a family-friendly event that includes a race up the popular hiking mountain and a post-event barbecue at Albertsons in Hailey.
    Festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, wrapping up a month-long campaign that focused on building awareness of sexual assault prevention.
    According to national statistics, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted every two minutes.
    Last year, The Advocates assisted 115 victims of past or current sexual assault. Services provided include crisis intervention; support at the hospital, police station or court; assistance navigating the criminal justice system; victim, partner, or family counseling; assistance filing victim compensation forms; and follow-up support and advocacy.
    The Advocates also provides sexual-assault and dating-violence prevention education to youths. Parents are also encouraged to have an open dialogue with their pre-teen children, boys and girls, about sexual assault prevention—how not to be a victim or perpetrator of this crime.         The following five safety tips from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network focus on practical things parents can do to protect children from sexual abuse.
1. Talk—Talk often with your child and set a tone of openness. Talking openly and directly will let your child know that it’s OK to talk to you when they have questions. If your child comes to you with concerns or questions, make time to listen and talk to them.
2. Teach—Teach your child key safety principles. For instance, teach children the names of their body parts so that they have the language to ask questions and express concerns about those body parts. If your child is uncomfortable or if someone is touching them, she/he should tell a trusted adult immediately. Let your children know that if someone is touching them or talking to them in ways that make them uncomfortable, it shouldn’t stay a secret.
3. Empower—Your child should know that she/he has the right to speak up if they are uncomfortable, or if someone is touching them. It’s OK to say “no”.
4. Implement—Implement Internet safety protocols, and parental controls through platforms such as the Google Family Safety Center. Work with older children to set guidelines for who they can talk to online, and what information can be shared. For instance, be cautious when leaving status or “away” messages online and when using the “check-in” feature on Facebook or Foursquare.
5. Educate—Educate yourself about the warning signs of childhood sexual abuse. Know what to look for, and the best way to respond.


Timeline for the hill climb
10-10:45 a.m.: Check-in and race day registration at Albertsons in Hailey.
11 a.m.: Race starts. The course starts at Hop Porter Park, goes up the Carbonate ridge and down the switchbacks.
Noon: Barbecue, music and awards ceremony at Albertsons.
Race prizes will be awarded to the top men, women and team, and 15-and-under boys and girls. The Carbonate Hill Climb is sponsored by Albertsons. Pre-register at Albertsons, Sturtevants, Elephant’s Perch, Backwoods or Race pre-registration is $10 per person, $25 per family, or $25 per team. Race-day registration is $20 per person, barbecue is $5 per person.

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