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JDI member program director receives national award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                              Contact: Toni Troop
April 19, 2013                                                                              Mobile:  617-212-7571


MassachusettsLeader chosen among 23 nationwide recipients of 2013 Visionary Voice Award by NSVRC

Jane Doe Inc. to present award to Becky Lockwood, Associate Director of
Center for Women and Community


WHEN:       Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 2:30 PM

WHERE:    Center for Women & Community (CWC) on the UMass Amherst Campus, New Africa House, Reading Room, 2nd Floor

WHAT:       The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (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.

WHO:          JDI Executive Director Mary R. Lauby along with Northwest District Attorney David Sullivan and colleagues from UMass Amherst and the Center for Women and Community will honor Becky Lockwood, Associate Director of Counseling and Rape Crisis Services of the Center for Women & Community.

WHY:          Jane Doe Inc. nominated Becky for this award because she is a respected and recognized leader in the area of sexual violence intervention and prevention among her peers, in her community, and across the state. She is known as a risk taker – always looking for new opportunities to support survivors and prevent violence and being an advocate for marginalized communities. Her success has been in her ability to implement innovative support and prevention programs and establish relationships with key university, community, state and national stakeholders. Read our nomination for more details about Lockwood’s history in the movement to prevent and end sexual violence.

Mary R. Lauby, JDI’s Executive Director, said, “The process of nominating someone for a national award requires us to evaluate not only who has shown leadership and dedication to the work but also to identify what it is we value as a movement for social justice.  Massachusetts is so fortunate to have someone with such compassion, clarity and fortitude advocating on behalf of ALL victims and survivors of sexual violence.  Becky deserves our praise and our gratitude.”

Among Becky’s key accomplishments are:

  • Developed collaborative partnership with local police department and university police department to provide onsite Civilian Advocate who addresses sexual assault issues and works with sexual assault victims, as well as domestic violence survivors (applied for and received state and then federal funding to support this advocate)- now expanded to a third department: Northampton PD
  • Coordinates the Hampshire County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) which brings together staff from the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, campus and municipal law enforcement, health care providers and SANE to discuss best practices in providing a victim-centered response to survivors of sexual assault.
  • Participates in weekly meetings of the UMass Title IX Team: The Team reviews reports of sexual and domestic violence and stalking and assures that resources and responses for victims are coordinated across the University
  • Co-Chaired the JDI statewide Sexual Assault Advisory Board for several years

Under the leadership of Lockwood and Co-Director gisella zuniga, the Center for Women & Community has:

  • Improved collaboration with the Emergency Department at Cooley Dickinson Hospital which has resulted in a 125% increase (over four years) in the number of sexual assault victims who are served by CWC Rape Crisis Advocates at the Cooley Dickinson Emergency Department.
  • Developed & implemented a protocol with UMass Dean of Students to have CWC Rape Crisis staff automatically follow up by phone with survivors when they make a report of sexual or relationship violence or stalking to the Dean’s Office.
  • Expanded and created innovative ways to recruit, train and involve volunteers to help provide thousands of hours of support to victims and survivors and to conduct educational programs throughout Hampshire County.
  • Co-sponsored UMass annual production of Vagina Monologues, including training cast and crew about sexual violence, which nearly 1,000 people attend annually.
  • Sponsored  UMass “Consent is Sexy” campaign this spring for Sexual Assault Awareness Month; distributed to local bars both cocktail napkins and condoms with tips about how to ask for consent.

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