Teen brings awareness to domestic violence in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Michael Silva-Nash is not your typical teenager. The ambitious 17-year-old, a high-school senior at Academics Plus Charter School, has single-handedly taken on one of the most under-reported crimes in the U.S. - domestic violence.

Yes, pictures of domestic abuse can be hard to look at. They're a dark image into the lives of so many women.

Silva-Nash says, "If you make the right phone calls. If you get involved, you'll get something done."

Every day, Silva-Nash comes to his parents' cleaning service, Molly Maid. Instead of cruising the streets, he's answering the phone, doing laundry and planning charity events.

"Age is nothing but a number especially when it comes out to giving back," Silva-Nash.

The Ms. Molly Foundation works to raise awareness of domestic violence, but he's taking it one step further.

"The organization can do all we want to, but if people aren't involved with reaching out it is never going to go anywhere," he explains.

So he started the Great Gobbler Run. It's a 5K race. It was started last year and $6,000 was raised for two domestic violence shelters. This year, the goal is $10,000.

"The numbers are very high and it is something that we need to get involved in," he explains, "and as long as we raise awareness we can stop it."

He's Michael Silva-Nash, a 17-year-old who doesn't use his age as an excuse.

He says, "Seeing a smile on their face makes it all worth it."

His story is one of success and our newest member of Hero Central.

The 5K race was set for Saturday, Nov. 14. There will also be a 1K Little Giblet.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately 1.3 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.

The Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence has several resources for victims of domestic violence.

To obtain more information on participating in the event, or to become a sponsor, please call Michael at (501) 773-1578.

You can also register at greatgobbler.com

Ashley Blackstone, Today’s THV

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