When Serieta Thompson walks in a 5k on Saturday, she’ll be raising money for a fund that couldn’t help her when she was a victim of domestic violence.
Thompson, 25, found herself in a financial crunch when the father of her son broke into her apartment, shattered windows and punched holes in a door.
Along with dealing with the damage and fear as a domestic violence victim, Thompson was told to pay $360 for the repairs or face eviction. She contacted victims’ advocates in the county for help. But there was no money for her. The Prince George’s County Crime Victims Fund was tapped out.
To prevent other people from getting turned away like she did, Thompson and others will race through Paint Branch Park Trail to raise money to replenish the fund.
“Victims need support financially and emotionally,” Thompson said. “People should come out and raise money for a good cause.”
Thompson said she was lucky to have friends and family willing to lend her money, but other victims may not be so fortunate.
The Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office is hosting the walk, along with the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center and the Atikal Foundation.
Prince George’s County Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said the fund isn’t just for domestic violence victims, but victims of all crimes.
“We don’t talk enough about helping victims cope with the aftermath of a crime,” Alsobrooks said.
The race is in its 10th year, and the goal is to raise $25,000 on Saturday.
The money will go toward efforts such as cleaning a home after it has been a crime scene or paying to change the locks on a door when someone has been robbed.
The race is a run/walk and starts at 9 a.m. on Oct. 19 at Paint Branch Park Trail, 5211 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, Md. It costs $25 to sign up and $35 the day of the race. All the money will go toward the Prince George’s County Crime Victims Fund. Participants can register at www.iraceforyou.org.