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.
SENIOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER, THE PLAIN DEALER
Rachel Dissell’s bold investigative journalism for The Plain Dealer, examining Cleveland’s response to sexual assault and the impacts of trauma on survivors, has led to changes in laws, policies, and public perceptions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HIGH SCHOOL JOUNRALIST
Madilyn Merritt, student journalist, wants people to start talking openly about sexual assault and to stop blaming victims. She’s using her position on the high school newspaper to push the envelope and call attention to this issue she cares so passionately about.
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