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2018 Visionary Award
Presented to Joye Frost
For her longstanding contributions to support and expand the reach and impact on victim services in the 21st century. As the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), at the U.S. Department of Justice, Ms. Frost helped to significantly build capacity in the field, and expand assistance to all victims, especially those most underserved. This includes boys and young men, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, victims with disabilities, and members of American Indian/Alaska native communities. She also championed efforts to integrate survivor leadership in anti-human trafficking efforts. Her efforts have substantially improved victim assistance programs, by ensuring vital funding, and providing visionary leadership to continue inspiring generations of professionals.
2018 Professional Impact Award
Presented to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
For her leadership in improving sexual assault response in Illinois. With her guidance, lawmakers have developed and passed a number of critical initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and other forms of gender-based violence. This includes groundbreaking legislation to ensure that law enforcement agencies across the state have model policies, cutting edge training, and support to enact meaningful reforms in sexual assault response and investigation. A champion for victims, Attorney General Madigan is clearly charting a course for reform that other states will follow.
2018 Media Excellence Award
Presented to Dr. Gail Stern
For her decades of work changing the cultural dialogue around sex, gender roles, and sexual assault. Dr. Stern is the co-founder of Catharsis Productions, which has provided over 10,000 educational presentations, at more than 1,000 universities and 400 military installations. She co-authored the non-stranger rape prevention program ‘Sex Signals,’ and authored the programs, ‘Beat the Blame Game,’ and ‘Teaching Rape as a Moral Issue.’ She is also the co-creator of the Force of Awesome Institute, a training program for violence prevention educators that incorporates her research on using humor to reduce emotional and cognitive resistance to challenging issues, along with her 30 years of experience in stand-up and improvisational comedy.
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