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Marion County High graduate to
host Fight the Silence 5K

Rebecca Dixon

From the June 26, 2017 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   While a student at Marion County High School, Rebecca Dixon was very active, including serving as the President of the Class of 2015. Now, she's a junior at Berea College in Kentucky, where she is majoring in psychology with a minor in health, and she is still civic minded and seeking to be a positive part of the community.
   She is spending the summer working as an intern in Columbus for the Wellness Center Outreach & Prevention Project (Swagga & Lace, which also serves Marion County), where she is helping teach kids about healthy relationships, good touch/bad touch, abstinence, pregnancy prevention, and similar issues.
   "We basically give them the information they need to make good decisions," said Dixon, adding that the kids also earn community service hours and get to go on a trip when they complete the program, which uses the "Making A Difference" curriculum.
   She said the internship has helped her realize that she wants to do some type of similar work on a professional level after graduating from college.
   "It's a passion for me to help kids," Dixon said. "I want to encourage them to take on the world, but I also want to help protect them."
   She's getting a jump start on that idea by organizing a special fundraiser – the Fight the Silence 5K, which will raise awareness about sexual abuse while raising money to help victims. The event will be held on Saturday, July 22 at Rotary Landing in Columbus (1808 Victory Drive, near the Civil War Naval Museum on the Riverwalk).
   The registration fee is only $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. Participants will receive T-shirts and there will also be prizes for the top three male and female finishers in all age groups. To register online go to www.runsignup.com and type "Fight the Silence" in the search bar.
   Those who can't attend, but would still like to make a donation, may do so at www.gofundme.com/stopthesilencenow.
   "This is about support and about the community coming together," she said. "I want people to stop and think about how much it (abuse) happens. I was once at a point in my life when I felt worthless. Now I want to always be nice to people and to empower people."
   Organizing her first big event is challenging, but she said she has a very good team of volunteers helping out. They include her siblings Rachel Dixon, Elijah Dixon, and Lavonia McCombs, as well as Delwyn Swan, Cameron Douglas, Zach Benjamin, Rayesa Shannon, and Whitney Sawn.
   Proceeds from the 5K will go to the Columbus Wellness Outreach and Prevention Project.
   For more information contact Rebecca Dixon at dixonr@berea.edu or 229.314.2800.