Friday, April 28, 2017

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

“We have to change the culture. And we’re not going to change that culture until not a single woman who is abused ever asks herself: ‘What did I do?’” — Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States in a January, 2016 speech at the World Economic Forum

APRIL IS National Sexual Assault Awareness Month; April 2 - 8 was National Crime Victims' Rights Week. As the founder of Helen's Pajama Party, a not-for-profit that collects and distributes new pajamas to domestic violence shelters, it's an obvious fit for me to be a member of the Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance (IOVA) and serve on the Iowa Department of Corrections (IDOC) Victim Advisory Council (VAC).

Two years in a row, Karl Schilling, President of IOVA, and Mary RocheDirector of Victim Programs for the IDOC and leader of VAC, and I have teamed up, applied for and received grants from the federal Office of Justice Programs/Office for Victims of Crime to honor, support and advocate for victims and survivors of violent crime. This year's theme was Strength. Resilience. Justice. — "reflecting a vision for the future in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing."

My part of the process is producing deliverables (banner graphics and branded keepsake items), designing billboard art and securing placement (two locations each in Des Moines, Waterloo, Davenport and Council Bluffs) and arranging interviews and press coverage (we got air time on all three Des Moines networks: NBC, CBS and ABC).

Below are photos, a brief clip from WHO's Channel 13 News coverage of the moving IDOC NCVRW event in Des Moines that Mary Roche organized and produced, and a priceless gem from Tracey Ullman. Be sure and watch it!

Karl Schilling, Mary Roche and I were the Three Musketeers this year and last.
(Banners in the background.)

Take Back the Night held at Blank Park Zoo 
was sponsored by Polk County Crisis 
and Advocacy Services.
The statistics are staggering.

Karl represented IOVA and the Iowa Victim Assistance Academy
at Take Back the Night

1 comment:

  1. Yes! It's exactly right and I LOVE that it's going around the internet so fast. Good for you Kelly - you do so much as a citizen. The gifts of your time, talent, hard work and kindness provide so much to your community.