Creating Change

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.

Video Credit: San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. Poem written by J.O., Survivor.


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.

GENA CASTRO RODRIGUEZ

CHIEF OF VICTIM SERVICES AND PARALLEL JUSTICE PROGRAMS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez has spent her career transforming systems to help survivors access justice, heal from trauma, and reach their potential. In 2000, she created the first intensive case management program for girls and young adults at risk for and experiencing domestic violence and exploitation.

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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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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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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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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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NOMINATE A 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?

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.

Barbara Smith

LIEUTENANT, PRINCE GEORGE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE POLICE DEPARTMENT

As a child, Lieutenant Barbara Smith witnessed her mother being abused. At that moment, she knew she wanted to help others, and eventually became a police officer to do just that. Community policing is one of her biggest passions, along with advocating for victims of domestic violence.

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Sheree Goldman

NURSE PRACTITIONER, SANE-A, SANE-P

Dr. Sheree Goldman is the Coordinator of the Monterey County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). With over four decades of experience in health care, she has concentrated on forensic nursing for the past 20 years in Monterey County, California.

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Carol Adams

POLICE OFFICER, RICHMOND POLICE DEPARTMENT, ADVOCATE AND SURVIVOR

As a police officer, advocate, and survivor, Carol Adams is a true Game Changer. Her personal experience with domestic violence drove her decision 30 years ago to join law enforcement to protect families and hold offenders accountable.

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Carmen J. Bloom White

ATTORNEY AND ADVOCATE FOR THE START BY BELIEVING CAMPAIGN

In 2018, Ms. White was crowned Mrs. Pennsylvania International and began traveling around the state with the SBB message as her community service mission.

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Mary Reina

REGISTERED NURSE/CERTIFIED SANE

A member of the National Honor Society of Nurses, as well as the International Association of Forensic Nurses, Ms. Reina provides expert testimony in the field of forensic nursing, and she contributed to the textbook entitled: Interpersonal Violence by G.W. Publishing.

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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?

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