CREATING CHANGE

When a victim of sexual assault comes forward, there can be many steps on the road to justice and healing. We honor the dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to ensure survivors receive skillful and compassionate responses each step of the way.

CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE

Champions of Change work on a state or national level, to create system-level reforms in the way we respond to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and other forms of gender-based violence.

Shawn Becker

Crime Victim Services Coordinator, Rice County Attorney’s Office

Shawn Becker has been championing positive change over the course of his 16-year career in law enforcement, including eight years as a detective specializing in...

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Liz Donegan

Police Sergeant, Austin Police Department

Sergeant Liz Donegan led the Austin Police Department to revolutionize its investigation of sexual assault, and played an integral role in forming the Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit.

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Anthony Greiter

Police Officer, Iowa State University Police Department

Officer Greiter is a highly requested speaker by ISU faculty and students alike, and he continues to challenge and improve the ways individuals and institutions view sexual assault.

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Casey Gwinn

President, Alliance For Hope International

Casey Gwinn is the visionary behind the Family Justice Center movement, the rapidly developing, international approach of co-locating services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and their children.

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Mike Holt

Police Captain, Jackson Police Department

Captain Holt's tireless efforts led to the opening of a Family Justice Center in Jackson-Madison County, the Safe Hope Center, which brings together multidisciplinary components of integrated criminal justice and community response to domestic and sexual violence.

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Greg Mills

City Administrator
City Of Riverside

Recognized by law enforcement leaders across the State of Missouri for his leadership in community safety, Greg Mills has a history of working collaboratively with others in an effort to create a community free of sexual violence.

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Jerald Monahan

Law Enforcement Liaison, Evawi Chief Of Police, Yavapai College

Chief Jerald Monahan has dedicated his 38-year law enforcement career to addressing violence against women and improving responses for survivors and their families.

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Shirley Paceley

Victim/Disability Advocate

Shirley Paceley is an author, international trainer, counselor, consultant, advocate, and visionary, who has worked at the intersection of violence and people with disabilities for nearly 45 years.

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Adriana Ramelli

Executive Director, Sex Abuse Treatment Center

Adriana Ramelli is the Executive Director of The Sex Abuse Treatment Center, a program of Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children (KMCWC) in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

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Jacqueline Callari Robinson

Clinical Forensic Nursing Program Consultant

Jacqueline Callari Robinson has been a nurse for more than 30 years, and a forensic nurse examiner for 23 years.

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Tess Sherman

Senior Crime Analyst, Austin Police Department

Tess Sherman has created change in her community by working as a Crime Intelligence Analyst for the Austin Police Department since 1998, with a current focus on violent crimes.

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Gael Strack

Chief Executive Officer, Alliance For Hope International

Gael Strack is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Alliance for HOPE International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating systems and social change through critical programs.

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Herb Tanner

Prosecution Expert

Herb Tanner served as the Director of the Violence Against Women Project for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM) from 2003 to 2016 where he trained two generations of prosecutors.

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Chief John Venuti

Associate Vice President Of Campus Safety/Chief Of Police, Virginia Commonwealth University

John Venuti served on the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Sexual Assault in Higher Education and is a graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Violence Against Women Leadership Institute.

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CHAMPION OF CHANGE

We are looking for individuals whose heartfelt commitment and tireless dedication have improved system-level responses to gender-based violence. By challenging the status quo, they effect real change, and they inspire others to follow in their footsteps. Do you know someone who fits the bill?
 
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A Champion of Change is someone who:

  • Challenges the status quo to create system-level changes
  • Helps to support survivors and hold offenders accountable
  • Mentors the next generation of reformers and leaders

GAME CHANGERS

Game Changers spark a new way of doing things in their communities, so victims of gender-based violence receive compassionate and competent services, and perpetrators are held accountable.

Daryl Kennedy Chansuthus

Executive Director, Wo/Men's Resource And Rape Assistance Program

Daryl Kennedy Chansuthus is the Executive Director of Wo/Men's Resource and Rape Assistance Program, a dual domestic violence/sexual assault program serving 19 counties in West Tennessee.

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Holly Clay

Detective, Xenia Police Department

Detective Holly Clay has served with the Xenia, Ohio Police Division for 20 years.

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Pierre De La Ossa

Detective, Tucson Police Department

Detective De La Ossa co-founded a nonprofit organization, called Special Victims Investigators of Tucson, engages with the community to help victims of domestic violence and child crimes.

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Mary Reina

Registered Nurse/Certified Sane

Mary Reina is an experienced RN, with several years of experience as a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.

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Shellie T. Severa

Sexual Assault Prevention And Response (SAPR) Victim Advocate, 354th Fighter Wing Of The U.S. Air Force

Shellie Severa is the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate for the 354th Fighter Wing of the U.S. Air Force.

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Beya Thayer

Justice System Liaison, Health Choice Integrated Care

Beya Thayer is the Justice System Liaison for Health Choice Integrated Care, the Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority.

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Kelly Vates

Co-Founder And Executive Director, Fair Haven Center For Women In Lake County, Indiana

In 2001, after several appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Evergreen Press published Ms. Vates’ book, "Shattered Innocence," which exposes the devastating effects of child sexual abuse and the aftermath in adult life.

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NOMINATE A
GAME CHANGER

Game Changers work to create positive change for victims of gender-based violence in their communities. They transform the way we respond to these crimes, so victims can begin the long path toward justice and healing. Do you know a Game Changer?
 
Nominate A Game Changer

A Game Changer is someone who:

  • Sparks a new way of doing things
  • Makes a difference for victims and their loved ones
  • Inspires others to join the movement