Mary Ellen Stone, Executive Director of King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) will receive the Congressional Victim’s Right’s Caucus Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC on April 6, 2011. Ms. Stone was nominated for this honor by Congressman Dave Reichert.
The mission of the U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, established in 2006 by Congressmen Ted Poe (TX) and Jim Costa (CA), is to elevate crime victim issues in Congress in a bipartisan manner without infringing on the rights of the accused, and represent and advocate before the Administration and within the U.S. Congress on behalf of crime victims and law enforcement officials. Every year, the Caucus sponsors awards in conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week to honor crime victims and those who serve them for outstanding efforts in victim advocacy, allied professional advocacy, public policy, and public awareness.
I am humbled to be awarded this honor. Our mission to give voice, create change and instill courage has never been more important or needed. I am proud of the work the dedicated staff of KCSARC does every day in our efforts to protect and advocate for victims of sexual assault. –Mary Ellen Stone, Executive Director
KCSARC is celebrating its 35th year of providing services to over 150,000 victims of sexual assault throughout King County. KCSARC’s purpose is to alleviate, as much as possible, the trauma of sexual assault for victims and their families. KCSARC offers a 24-Hour Resource Line, legal advocacy, parent education, therapy and prevention education. KCSARC is a private non-profit that relies on public funding to provide all services free of charge to the community.