Baptist Health Hardin SANE Forensic program to hold Monster Dash 5K

October 11, 2022

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Elizabethtown, KY (Oct. 11, 2022) – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Saturday, Oct. 29, Baptist Health Hardin’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)/Forensic program will hold its inaugural Monster Dash, a 5K to raise awareness about this critical issue. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. ET at Severns Valley Baptist Church, 1100 Ring Rd. in Elizabethtown. Costumes are encouraged at this family-friendly event.

"The prevalence of domestic and intimate partner violence in our community is alarming,” said Stephanie Lawson BSN, RN SANE, pediatric prevention intervention coordinator for the SANE/Forensic Program at Baptist Health Hardin. “Join us in showing victims of domestic violence that they have an entire community that supports them and show perpetrators that violence is not tolerated."

A SANE, or a sexual assault nurse examiner, is a registered nurse specially trained in the forensic examination of adults, adolescents or pediatric patients who have been the victims of sexual assault. In addition to providing medical assessment and treatment, SANEs also collect and preserve time sensitive evidence and must be prepared to testify in legal proceedings.

The Baptist Health Hardin SANE program began at the former Hardin Memorial Health in 2016 with on-call services. The program has grown from seeing 35 patients in the first year to delivering care for more than 500 patients annually. Since its inception, the program has expanded from treating adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault to also treating pediatric patients.  Further expansion of services includes domestic violence, child physical abuse, human trafficking, and elder abuse.  

Registration for the run is $25 and is open through 8 a.m. on the morning of the race. Cash registrations will also be accepted on race day. Children 12 and under can participate for free. Save $5.00 on your registration by creating a social media team of five members. 

Participants may pick up packets on race morning at 7:30 a.m. ET in the church parking lot near the start and finish line.

Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female runners, and to the Best Dressed Team and Fastest Team. Social teams will also be eligible for special team awards.

All proceeds go toward covering the cost of the event and to the SANE/Forensic program to serve people who have experienced domestic violence.

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For questions or more information, call 270.980.2328.