Man running 3,000 miles across the country to fight child abuse

Man running 3,000 miles across the country to fight child abuse. // WSBT 22 photo

One man has made it his mission to raise awareness and money to fight child abuse.

He's doing that by running 3,000 miles across the country.

This man is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. That's what motivated him to start this campaign.

Christian Griffith says he want to help give a voice to victims of abuse.

He started his journey in New York and now he's making his way through the Hoosier state.

Ultra endurance athlete Christian Griffith made a pit stop at Jennie Rae's restaurant in Rolling Prairie to relax and refuel on his cross-country marathon.

"I spent 30 plus years really purposeless. I really feel like I had no purpose and now for the first time in my life, I’m doing something where I’m focused on others. Doing something bigger than myself,” said Griffith.

Griffith says when he was younger, he was sexually abused by both his mother and other men. He calls this experience therapeutic.

"I’m never going to fully recover until I’m able to forgive myself, until I’m able to forgive them and until I’m able to get rid of that rage," said Griffith.

Griffith says the only way to stop abuse is by talking about it loudly.

He cites the MeToo movement has a step in the right direction.

"It gives me hope and inspiration that the world is actually ready for this narrative. Our culture is ready to tackle sexual abuse and child abuse and the culture's ready. We're sick of it, everyone is sick of it," said Griffith.

With the help of the organization Run 2 Heal, Griffith hopes to raise $1 million to prevent and treat child abuse.

He runs 30 miles a day, five days a week to accomplish that goal. He says he won't stop until he makes it to San Francisco.

"If I can't run, I’ll walk. If I can't walk, I’ll crawl. If I can't crawl, I’ll slither. But people are going to see me out there and there are going to wonder what I’m doing and I’m going to tell them exactly what I’m telling you," said Griffith.

So far Griffith has raised $170,000 of his $1 million goal.

He's currently on the road again headed to Chicago.

For more information about Run2Heal and to learn how to donate, click here.

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