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Visionary Voice Award
Visionary Voice Award
The NSVRC offers the Visionary Voice award, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) each April, to recognize the creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence.
Each year, state, territory, and tribal coalitions select an outstanding individual to nominate for the awards. Nominees may be partners from a local community or other outstanding individuals that have worked to end sexual violence.
2014 Visionary Voice Award Recipients
Nominated by the Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council
Sen. Sammuel Sanes
Sen. Samuel Sanes is the Vice President for the 30th Legislature of the Virgin Islands. He is an avid supporter of the Women's Coalition of St. Croix and the Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council. He has proposed legislation to prohibit the trafficking of persons for the purpose of sexual or labor activity. He also proposed legislation to provide spousal protection in sexual assault cases and to expand on the definitions of sexual contact and child abuse. He currently chairs the Committee on Rules and Judiciary and is Vice-Chair for the committees on Public Safety, Homeland Security and Justice.
Nominated by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
Sanu Y. Dieng
Sanu Y. Dieng is the Prevention Education and Community Relations Coordinator for Transitions Family Violence Services. She is committed to creating space for young people to engage in dialogue and creative expression around healthy sexuality as a primary prevention strategy. She has attended extensive training provided by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance and has attended the Women of Color Network’s 18-month Leadership Academy. She has worked in her community and at the state level to inform prevention efforts and create opportunities to work with youth around healthy relationships and healthy sexuality promotion.
Bonnie Coonen helped found the Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Appleton, Wis. in 1978. She has served in the anti-sexual assault field for 35 years, and for the last 15 years has worked at Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin. Bonnie has presented throughout the region on elder abuse, advocacy, and sexual assault dynamics. She has trained law enforcement, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, judges and other professionals. Bonnie has worked closely with nursing homes and schools to promote sexual safely. It has been estimated she has as supported 5,000 victims and survivors, including survivors of molestation by clergy. She has been a driving force behind community sexual assault response efforts and committees.
Jody Sanborn is the Sexual Violence Prevention Specialist for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She has worked in the movement to prevent and end sexual violence since 2005. In her current position, she has worked tirelessly with communities across Wyoming for the last five years to increase their capacity to prevent sexual violence. Her expertise and skillful ability to meet communities where they are has resulted in progress toward readiness to prevent sexual violence. She has experience as a national, state, and local trainer specializing in rural community education and mobilization, college populations, and leadership for prevention with youth and young adult groups.