Cyclist riding to raise child sexual abuse awareness

Cyclist Tyler Gilliam is riding with two other team members on a three-month cross-country trip to raise awareness about the prevention of child sexual abuse. The trio began their journey in Charleston, S.C., on July 31 and will arrive in The City today. For more information, visit www.PedalforPrevention.com.

What inspired you to take on this challenge? We want to raise $40,000 for adult prevention scholarships to help keep 40,000 children across America safe from child sexual abuse.

What did you do to prepare? As this is the pilot Pedal for Prevention, it was extremely difficult to find corporate sponsors to help cover the costs of our trip. Once we finally rounded up enough support to cover our trip costs, the task of organizing a three-month ride was a nonstop job for months.

What are you looking forward to doing once you complete the ride?
A glass of Champagne, a home-cooked meal and my own bed is first on my list.

What are some things people can do to draw attention to this cause? The most important thing people can do is face the issue, and don’t be afraid to talk about it. Child sexual abuse affects more children than almost any other epidemic, but it remains an issue of the fringes of social consciousness.

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