Jane Doe Inc. to present Speaker Robert DeLeo with the “Kelly Timilty Advocate for Justice Award” on Thursday, May 7, 2015
May 04, 2015
On Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the beautiful Algonquin Club in Boston, Jane Doe Inc. will honor House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo for his support of victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence. The event, “It’s Your Business Breakfast,” and award are named in memory of former Governor’s Council Member Kelly Timilty.
Debra J. Robbin, Executive Director of Jane Doe Inc., said, “We invite everyone to join us in applauding the leadership, commitment and vision of Speaker DeLeo to help ensure access to services and systems that support and save lives of victims and survivors every day. Given that sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and child abuse affect as many as 1 in 3 people in the Commonwealth, these issues are everyone’s business.”
In 2013 after the domestic violence murder of Jennifer Martel, Speaker DeLeo met with survivors and mobilized members of the Legislature, constitutional officers, judges, attorneys, and sexual and domestic violence advocates to craft legislation that has been hailed as the most comprehensive domestic violence legislation in at least a generation. The 2014 law creates new criminal offenses and elevated penalties, boosts prevention efforts, seeks to empower victims and establishes new employment rights. Speaker DeLeo has also been an active participant in Jane Doe Inc.’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign and long-time advocate on these issues.
“As a society we must do everything in our power to stem the tragic tide of intimate partner violence and sexual violence,” said Speaker DeLeo. “It is incumbent upon public officials and business leaders to be custodians of this effort, which I believe will become increasingly attainable because of Massachusetts’ domestic violence law. I thank Jane Doe for this award and their commitment to this cause. Importantly, I extend my sincere gratitude to each survivor who so courageously shared their experiences.”
The “It’s Your Business Breakfast” theme has an intentional double-meaning. As critical public health and public safety issues, sexual assault and domestic violence are everyone’s concern. These issues also affect employees, clients and customers in a workplace, impacting on safety, productivity and costs. Investing in prevention has a benefit to a business’s bottom line and to society’s overall health and safety.
Over the past 30+ years Jane Doe Inc. and its membership have racked up a long list of successes that have changed the way society thinks about these issues. They have helped improve the responses by law-enforcement healthcare and other systems. They have helped strengthen the services provided in local communities. They have created prevention initiatives like the White Ribbon Day to mobilize men and boys as part of the solution in ending violence against women and the #I Want A World campaign to address these issues in LGBQ/T (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender) communities.
JDI is grateful for the corporate sponsors for this year’s breakfast including: The TJX Companies, Verizon, The Joseph F. Timilty Family, AT&T, Delta Dental, Eastern Bank, Mintz Levin, Partners Health Care and more.