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2006 to 2003 National Awards

National Award for Outstanding Advocacy & Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence Recipients

Since 2003, the NSVRC has honored individuals from across the nation with awards in an attempt to promote the recognition and appreciation of the many individuals throughout the country who passionately and tirelessly work to support victims of sexual violence, and raise awareness and promote safety in our communities. The NSVRC encourages each state, territory, and tribal coalition to nominate one individual from their community for the NSVRC Award for Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence. Below are the recipients for years 2003-2006.


Year 2006 Recipients

Recipient:

     

Nominating Organization:

The Honorable Mary Kay Bukak

     

Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Janell Clark

     

Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Family Resource Center, Inc.

     

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Council (U.S. Virgin Islands)

Robert Judd

     

Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault

M. Carmen Lane

     

Michigan Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Dr. Brenda Mirabal Colón

     

Puerto Rico Department of Health

Christine Payne

     

Healing Hearts Crisis Center (Guam)

Shelley Senterfitt

     

Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault

Katherine Thurin

     

Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

United Hospital Center

     

West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services, Inc.

Nancy Withrow

     

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape


Year 2005 Recipients

Recipient

     

Nominating Organization

Virginia (Ginger) Baim

     

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

George Buchanan

     

California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Babette “Babs” De Lay

     

Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Barbara Engel

     

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Barbara Hafer

     

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

The Honorable William Hughes

     

Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Linda Hunter

     

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

Kalimah Johnson

     

Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Melinda Maiden

     

Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Marty McIntyre

     

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Linda Pinholster

     

Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault

Jennifer Pruden

     

New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Tracy Reindl

     

South Dakota Network Against Family & Domestic Violence

Jennifer Luettel Schweer

     

Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition

Captain Ted A. Smith

     

West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services, Inc.

Susan Turell

     

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Marianne Winters

     

Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence-Jane Doe Inc.


Year 2004 Recipients

Recipient

     

Nominating Organization

Matt Atkinson

     

Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Mary Ann Clark

     

Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Margaret Cole

     

Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Carole Daughton

     

Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Dorinda Edmisten

     

Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Juliet Asher-Golden, MD.

     

Georgia Network To End Sexual Assault

Danni Grochowski

     

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Pearl Gulbranson

     

South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Peggy Gusz

     

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

Marilyn A. Kelley

     

Sexual Assault & Trauma Resource Center of Rhode Island

Keri Kennedy

     

West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services

Lydia Pizzute

     

New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Mary Reed

     

Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Judith Sandeen

     

Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition

Geri Schirmer

     

Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault

Amerah Shabazz

     

Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Kathy Walker

     

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Jennifer Pierce-Weeks

     

New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Clema Williams-Lewis

     

Women’s Coalition of St. Croix


Year 2003 Recipients

Recipient

     

Nominating Organization

Terry Anderson

     

Georgia Network To End Sexual Assault

Elisabeth Carey-Davis

     

Sexual Assault & Trauma Resource Center of Rhode Island

Daniele Dosch

     

South Dakota Network Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault

Jane Dubbe

     

Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Marla Willcox Eddy West

     

Virginia Foundation for Rape Information& Services

Bobbi Gagne

     

Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Ann Hyman

     

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

Carol E. Jordan

     

Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs

Melissa Lewis

     

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Mary Mingus

     

Women’s Coalition of St. Croix

Wendy Perkins

     

Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Elizabethe G. Plante

     

New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Adriana Ramelli

     

Hawaii Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Cathy Rose

     

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Carol Vasile

     

New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Kathy Walsh

     

Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Christine Watters

     

Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Lucia Lowe Wheeler

     

New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault


National Award for Outstanding Response to and Prevention of Sexual Violence


2006 Recipients

Public Policy & Legislation Category

The Honorable Melissa A. Hart

Congresswoman Hart is a champion of victim rights and services. During her tenure as a Pennsylvania State Senator, she was a prime sponsor of legislation to create the Office of the Victim Advocate and she supported the re-codification of sexual assault statutes in Pennsylvania. After being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Hart worked tirelessly to assure funding for sexual assault programs, strengthen laws concerning child pornography and abduction, protect unborn victims of violence, and promote a safer society.

Rep. Hart served as a primary sponsor of the Violence Against Women Act, a vital source of funds supporting efforts to end violence against women, which the President signed in January 2006. Additionally, as one of the first to advocate for the protection of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds, which serve as a major funding source for victim services throughout the nation, Rep. Hart has consistently support VOCA. Rep. Hart was instrumental in ensuring that the Anti-Spam Law required notification of sexually explicit material in unsolicited emails. She also introduced Laci and Conner’s Law which now makes it a crime to harm a fetus during an assault on a pregnant woman.

Prevention Category

Teen Theatre

The Teen Theatre program, a project of Our Family Services in Tuscon, AZ, presents issue-based theater to provide information to teens and other community members about rape and sexual assault. Teen Theatre empowers young people to educate other teens about relationship violence. Performances help teens recognize date rape in its many forms and strive to dispel myths about rape. Each performance encourages audiences to speak out against relationship violence and provides resources and contact information for those who need help. Committed to educating their peers and raising awareness of sexual violence, these teens work well as a tem in their effort to end sexual violence.

The youth participating in Teen Theatre are a diverse group of teen volunteers united by a common purpose – they all believe in and have a passion for date rape prevention. The members of Teen Theatre are Elias Teran, Jasmine Cavanaugh, Samantha Turner, Matt Brown, Arron Bessett, Nnykol Schieck, and Matt Beaudry.

Media & Communications Category

Aishah Shahidah Simmons

Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning African-American, feminist, lesbian, independent documentary filmmaker, television and radio producer, and writer, lecturer, and activist based in Philadelphia, PA. She is the founder and president of AfroLez ® Productions, LLC, a multimedia arts company committed to using the moving image, the written and spoken word to address those issues which have a negative impact on marginalized and disenfranchised people.

The producer of NO! The Rape Documentary, Ms. Simmons has spent more than 10 years making the documentary a reality. Through testimonies from Black women survivors, commentaries from acclaimed African-American women scholars and community leaders, impacting archival footage, spirited music, dance, and performance poetry, NO! unveils the reality of rape, other forms of sexual violence, and healing in African-American communities. An incest and a rape survivor, her previously completed internationally acclaimed shorts Silence…Broken and In My Father’s House explore the issues of race, gender, homophobia, rape and misogyny.
Ms. Simmons is the author of several articles published in anthologies and journals in the United States and in Europe. She appears frequently at the screening of here films and lectures on the impact of the intersections of oppressions. She also facilitates workshops on the process of making grassroots social change documentaries across the United States and in several Western and Eastern European countries.

Corporate Category

Scott Allen Miller
WRKO Radio 680 AM

Scott Allen Miller and WRKO have contributed to the responsible reporting of sexual violence and have demonstrated a commitment to violence prevention. Not only have they raised public awareness about sexual violence, but they have publicized available services and resources in their community and provided voice and advocacy for victims through radio broadcast.

Mr. Miller has demonstrated a commitment to raising community awareness of sex offenders, child sexual assault, internet predators, and promoting conversations among family members. Mr. Miller has involved victims/survivors, parents, communities, and many organizations in discussions around sexual violence prevention and has worked collectively with legislators, community leaders and law enforcement. Mr. Miller has demonstrated ongoing commitment to legislative issues, including the Sex Offender Omnibus bill and civil commitment legislation in 2004, and encouraging the introduction of House Docket 4682, which addresses loopholes in Massachusetts’ sex offender laws.

Intervention Category

Joanne Archambault

Joanne Archambault is the Executive Director of EVAW International and the President and Training Director of SATI, Inc. SATI provides effective, victim centered, multi-disciplinary training and expert consultation regarding crimes of sexual assault. In January 2003, Ms. Archambault founded EVAW International, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable training for all disciplines with an emphasis on the law enforcement investigation and proper criminal justice responses to sexual assault and domestic violence. EVAW International also supports and conducts research on the sexual assault of women and adolescents.
During her tenure as supervisor at the San Diego Police Department, she co-authored the San Diego County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Resource Pamphlet and produced a video on SART, which is used as a training aid for professionals responding to sexual assault. In 1999, while working with the National Center for Women & Policing, Ms. Archambault helped develop the first national sexual assault training curriculum for law enforcement. To enhance this work, in 2001, she produced a series of training videos entitled Sexual Assault Training and Investigations: The Preliminary Response.

Ms. Archambault has served on numerous national advisory boards including the National Institute of Justice, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the STOP Violence Against Women Grants Technical Assistance Project, the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She has written and co-authored a number of articles and chapters on various subjects relating to the criminal justice response to sexual assault crimes. She lectures extensively to multi-disciplinary audiences on therole of law enforcement in the investigation of sex crimes internationally.


2005 Recipients

Florence Holway

For her tenacity in working for improvements in the adjudication of rape cases, and her courage in sharing her story through documentary film. Televised on HBO, the documentary is entitled A Rape in a Small Town: The Florence Holway Story: America Undercover.

Tillie Black Bear

For her lifetime commitment to helping victims of sexual violence and her tireless work and leadership in promoting victim services and safety. She is a founder and current Director of the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society in South Dakota, the first women’s shelter in Indian Country.

Linda E. Saltzman, Ph.D.

For her commitment to preventing violence against women, and promoting connections between research, policy and advocacy. Dr. Saltzman was a senior scientist with CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. (Awarded posthumously)


2004 Recipients

Gail Burns-Smith

For her leadership and the far-reaching impact of her advocacy and policy work on behalf of sexual assault victims.

Joel Miranda

For his far-reaching impact in writing and producing the music video, “Gonna Make It.”

Wendy Murphy

For her far-reaching impact in writing and speaking-out publicly about the rights of sexual assault victims.

Rebecca Risch
Denver Post

For the creation and far-reaching impact of the website resource, “Betrayal in the Ranks.”

Laura Zarate

For her dedication in promoting bi-lingual resources and the far-reaching impact of her work in sexual abuse prevention.