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Jane Doe Inc. to Present 2016 Visionary Voice Award to Meg Stone of IMPACT, a program of Triangle

April 29, 2016

Jane Doe Inc. to Present 2016 Visionary Voice Award to
Meg Stone of IMPACT, a program of Triangle

(BOSTON, MA):  Meg Stone, Director of IMPACT, a program of Triangle, is one of 35 recipients nationwide of the 2016 Visionary Voice Awards presented to a multidisciplinary group of honorees selected for their outstanding work toward ending sexual violence.

The award will be presented by Jane Doe Inc. on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 4pm at the Boston Public School offices in the Bruce Bolling Building in Dudley Square, Boston.  Along with family members from near and far, Boston At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Triangle Executive Director Coleman Nee will be on hand to help fete Meg.  In her typical style, Meg insisted that the focus be on the work, and so she will present a mini-demonstration of the IMPACT safety skills for people with and without disabilities.

Jane Doe Inc. (the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence) nominated Meg in recognition of her innovative and stalwart leadership and appreciation for her allyship to communities of color, people with disabilities and those who identify as LGBQ/T.  As Director of IMPACT, Meg oversees training and prevention programs in schools, businesses, and community organizations. Among her many accomplishments, Meg created the IMPACT:Ability program, which teaches safety skills to people with disabilities and helps schools and disability service organizations develop strategies to proactively prevent abuse. 

Debra J. Robbin, Executive Director of Jane Doe Inc., said, “Meg is an active and valued leader among her peers here in Massachusetts and across the country and an inspiration for everyone who believes that prevention is possible. Her efforts to create trauma informed services including self-defense programs has helped survivors and communities reclaim their voice and work together to create safety and justice.”

The award is offered by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) each April in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) to recognize the creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence.

NSVRC Director Karen Baker said, “We are pleased to honor our Visionary Voice Award recipients for their important work in helping individuals, communities and the private sector understand how they can take action to promote safety, respect and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens.”  (See full list of award recipients: http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/award)

Upon learning that she would receive this year’s honor, Meg Stone humbly said, “It is such an honor to be chosen for this award. My hope is to continue working to ensure that people of all abilities have the tools to live safe and powerful lives.”

Coleman Nee, Executive Director of Triangle, added, “It is impossible to understate the important work Meg Stone is accomplishing on behalf of IMPACT and its participants.  Building self-confidence, reducing sexual assaults and ensuring all people are empowered to advocate for themselves and preserve their rights and safety is at the heart of her work.  On behalf of the entire Triangle team, I congratulate her on this award and look forward to her future accomplishments in the years to come.”

For over 22 years, Meg Stone has been a leading advocate, educator, community organizer, collaborator and thought leader in the work to prevent and end sexual violence. In her words, she is committed "to prevent violence and abuse by giving people the tools to protect themselves from imminent violence and the bravery and skills to create change by advocating for healthy relationships and sexual respect in their communities." She is constantly looking for new ways to break down the barriers for survivors, especially those who are in marginalized communities such as people with disabilities, people who are homeless and those who identify as LGBQ/T. Her writing often appears in Huffington Post, Cognoscenti (the opinion page of the Boston NPR station), Washington Post, Ms. Magazine and elsewhere. 

Meg began working with survivors of domestic violence in 1993, and since that time has served as a legal advocate, hotline counselor, overnight shelter worker, trainer of health care providers, research assistant, qualitative evaluator, event planner, and program manager. Meg earned her Master of Public Health Degree from Boston University with a concentration in long-term health effects of abuse and abuse prevention.

This event is free and open to the public.   See flyer for details and registration information or click here: http://janedoeinc.memberlodge.org/event-2195259.

For media interviews and requests, please contact:

Toni K. Troop                                                                                     Kelsey Strout
Director of Communications and Development                  Manager of Communications & Marketing
Jane Doe Inc.                                                                                     Triangle
617-557-1807 (direct)                                                                    781-388-4363 (direct)
617-212-7571 (mobile)                                                                  609-709-7888 (mobile)
ttroop@janedoe.org.                                                                     kstrout@triangle-inc.org


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