Vanessa Timmons, 2017 recipient of the Diane Reese Excellence in Advocacy in the Movement—D.R.E.A.M.—Award

The coalition board of directors and staff are extremely proud to announce that Vanessa Timmons, our executive director, has received the 2017 Diane Reese Excellence in Advocacy in the Movement—D.R.E.A.M.—Award from the National Network to End Domestic Violence!

This award is named in honor of Diane Reese, who was a founding member of the West VA coalition, an integral champion in the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, a renowned educator, and an ardent national activist with many accomplishments. The DREAM Award honors an individual who incorporates and demonstrates the spirit and promise of true advocacy in all aspects of life—one who emulates Ms. Reese’s commitment to clear and ethical communication, (her) eagerness to collaborate in the spirit of true partnership, and (her) deep respect for the dignity, worth, and humanity in each one of us.

Congratulations, Vanessa!! 

Brenda Tracy: 2017 Visionary Voice Award Recipient

You could feel the jubilation around our office when we first learned that the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) had accepted our nomination of Brenda Tracy for the Visionary Voice Award.

Since coming forward publicly in 2014 as a survivor of a brutal gang-rape, Brenda has been a veritable force of nature. She has traveled to numerous universities across the country, sharing her story and inspiring an entire generation of student-athletes and their coaches to #SetTheExpectation against sexual violence. She has testified in favor of extending the criminal statute of limitations for sexual offenses, advocated for reducing the backlog of sexual assault forensic examination kits, and pushed colleges and universities to hold violent student-athletes accountable

Affirming the lives of trans women of color

In order to truly address the root causes and impacts of gender-based violence, we must commit to and practice centering the voices and experiences of those most impacted: trans women of color and all transgender people.

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