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Local Executive Director Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at State Conference

Local Executive Director Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at State Conference

By Kristina E. Jones, M.A., CFRE - President - Stronger Organizations, LLC

 

 

 

D. Diane Dotson awarded Vivian Miles Lifetime Achievement Award   AUSTIN, TX – March 8, 2013- During the awards ceremony at the 31st Annual Conference of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault , Regional Victim Crisis Center Executive Director, D. Diane Dotson, was presented the Vivian Miles Lifetime Achievement Award. “What an absolute honor,” said Diane Dotson. “It is humbling to be recognized by your peers and those whom you admire.” TAASA was founded on a simple principle: to assist sexual assault survivors and to create a Texas free from sexual violence. TAASA advocates for individual sexual assault survivors as well as sexual assault programs collectively Nominees for TAASA’s Vivian Miles Lifetime Achievement Award must have a minimum of 10-years in the anti-sexual-assault movement and have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to ending sexual violence and providing support to survivors. {{more}} “The Board of Directors is very pleased with the recognition of Diane,” said Sgt. Lynn Beard, President of the RVCC Board of Directors. “Diane is a very capable and compassionate person. She has proven her dedication to this work time and time again. Victim advocacy, counseling, and violence prevention education are critical components to our community’s response to violent crime. It’s nice to see her honored for her hard work. Her leadership has expanded the RVCC’s mission and capabilities.” Ms. Dotson joined RVCC in 2003 as Outreach Coordinator and was named Executive Director in 2004. Within the last ten years, she has seen an increase of 344% increase in the number of victims served in the local area. “In 2002, we were serving 279 victims a year, in 2012 we served 1,238,” said Ms. Dotson. “Our local partnerships, collaboration and education programs have contributed to the number of people who know we can help them.” Last year, the same statewide conference recognized local RVCC board member Shirley Glandon as ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’ for her continuing dedication and service to victims of violent crime, in addition to her financial support for RCVCC. “TAASA’s recognition reinforces we are making a difference,” said Ms. Dotson. More information can be found at http://www.regionalcrime.org/ or at http://www.taasa.org/ For more information, contact D. Diane Dotson at 325-725-5536 or email diane@regionalcrime.org With a mission of Assisting Victims and Survivors of Violent Crime and Working to Prevent Violence, the Regional Victim Crisis Center began as the Abilene Rape Crisis Center in 1977 as part of the Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center. In 1997, the agency became an independent 5013 non-profit agency serving victims of all types of violent crime, with the most frequent cases being child sexual assault and physical abuse, adult sexual assault, and adults molested as children. RCVCC serves communities within Taylor, Callahan, Jones, Coleman, Shackelford, and Haskell Counties in Texas.