Take the Plunge – 27/52 Ways to Stop Pedophiles
There are many ways to kick a pedophile in the gut. Some ways are exceptionally challenging.
Todd Mozzer and Jeff Stuart jumped into the Connecticut River last weekend at Hartford and swam 60 miles to Old Saybrook to raise funds and awareness for Darkness to Light, an organization dedicated to ending CSA.
The 3-day effort, might not seem heroic to experienced aquatic-lovers, but Todd Mozzer was not an avid swimmer. He began his training only a few months ago. It seems he teamed up with the perfect coach, elite swimmer Jeff Stuart.
Both men experience sexual abuse as children. Mozzer, 48 didn’t tell about assaults by his neighbor until 40 years later. He’s certainly raised his voice far above a whisper. He recently took the painful step of telling his father about the abuse, and now finds himself talking openly with strangers about the need for CSA prevention.
“The problem is, when you hide it, you’re not making a difference,” Mozzer said. “I hid it for so long, so I don’t now.”
A heart-warming video, posted by The Courant, clearly shows the passion these men have to prevent and heal CSA. They had loving support of many people like training partner Julie Madison to complete their mission.
Jeff Stuart’s emotional strength eclipsed his impressive muscle development when he said, “Let’s raise awareness and levels of consciousness for people who really need to be shown that there are abusers, pedophiles and monsters out there everywhere.”
Nothing can stop these men now. They have ideas for other swimming challenges such as group swims to raise awareness. They’re pumped enough to consider taking on the ultra challenge of swimming the 470 mile length of the Connecticut River, beginning at the Canadian border. All for a good cause.
Like many survivors of childhood sexual abuse, they’ll keep moving forward one stroke, one kick at a time. We’re creating a mighty river of change to stop pedophiles.