Emily Scott

Emily's fundraiser for Rape Crisis Centre Darlington & County Durham

Fundraising for Rape Crisis Centre Darlington & County Durham
£1,042
raised of £500 target
by 45 supporters
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Purple Park Run, 21 October 2023
We work to end rape and sexual violence to support and empower women and girls.

Story

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On the morning of October 22nd 2022 I went for a run that would change my life. As I ran towards Jubilee Park in Spennymoor I was approached by a man who grabbed me from behind and told me “you are coming with me” he proceeded to beat me and rape me multiple times before I finally managed to run to a man walking through the park.

The attack left me with a broken nose and several lacerations to my face, the man who saved me described me as “looking like an extra from a horror movie” and friends who I shared images with once I had been cleaned up said I “no longer looked like me at all.” Understandably as well as my physical injuries I was left emotionally and mentally scarred. I became terrified if I saw a stranger walking towards me and I was unable to run, but my attacker picked the wrong victim. I was never going to back down until I saw justice and I said from the start “I will run again” I managed to get back on a treadmill by December in spite of panic attacks and in January 2023 I did park run the day after my rapist was sentenced. Since then I have worked hard through therapy and sheer determination to get back out running again and to achieve the things I didnt think I would. I am now a licensed guide runner and in May I got my sub 2 hour half marathon.

After I was attacked I would get a lot of people telling me things like “dont run alone again” and “stop running when it's dark” what I have always said, what I will continue to say to people is those were not things is I was doing wrong, I did nothing wrong, it is my attacker who is in the wrong here. I still run alone and I still run when it's dark out. Also what happened to me was rare, it doesnt mean every lone female runner is at risk. October this year marks 1 year since my attack and as a final FU to the person who tried to take a hobby I love from me I wanted to get as many people as possible to do the park run at Jubilee park on October 21st, It was cancelled last year due to the park being a crime scene so this year Elvet striders are turning Jubilee Park Purple!

Some of the striders unfortunately couldnt make the Park Run but wanted to help out so a cake sale was organised at the Fell Relay champions with all proceeds going to RSACC a charity close to my heart as a survivor, RSACC provided my ISVA Sally who stood by me through the legal process. I've set up this page for anyone who might want to do a cash donation

About the charity

RSACC is a charity run by and for women. We work to end rape and sexual violence in Darlington and County Durham by supporting and empowering women and girls. We offer free, safe support to all women over 13 who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Donation summary

Total raised
£1,042.00
+ £144.50 Gift Aid
Online donations
£1,042.00
Offline donations
£0.00

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