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Thank You Inner Wheel of San Leandro

In 1993, Inner Wheel of San Leandro came to us with the offer to supply new clothing to rape survivors who go through the forensic exam where their clothing is taken as evidence.

Inner Wheel International is one of the largest women’s volunteer organizations in the world. They are in 103 countries, have 3,895 clubs and over 100,000 members.  Inner Wheel U. S. A. members spread friendship, understanding and encourage personal service.

For more than a decade, Inner Wheel of San Leandro has been providing sexual assault survivors with “Kare Kits” which include new sweatpants, sweat shirts, underwear, socks, prepasted toothbrush, wipes, a comb and a healthy snack (donated by Clif Bar).

What Survivors say: “Really, for me?”, “You mean I can keep them?” “They are so cozy; it feels like a big hug.”  Speaking with a survivor a week later, “I have been wearing the sweats you gave me every day; they are only thing I feel safe in.”

Thank you Inner Wheel of San Leandro for showing survivors that the community cares!

 

Thank you to the Inner Wheel San Leandro members appearing in the pictures above:

Susan Russello
Shirley Davini
Gloria Vasconcellos
Linda Mahadevan
Renie Bartolini
Carole Rogers
Kathi Gaab
Lola Chase
Kristina Seher
Rosanna Malcom
Adrienne Gilmore
Susan Hollister
San Francisco FBI Bay Area Women Against Rape

BAWAR Staff Receives FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in Washington, D.C.

San Francisco FBI Bay Area Women Against Rape On April 4, 2014 in a formal ceremony in Washington D.C., BAWAR was the recipient of the Director’s Community Leadership Award from FBI San Francisco.  The award was for the work done in Oakland and Alameda county by BAWAR’s SEM program to combat sex trafficking of minors and adults, and BAWAR is one of 56 agencies nationwide to be recognized for their hard work in education and preventing crime and violence.  This award could not have been accomplished without our numerous community partners, Oakland Unite, Cross Bay Collaborative, law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, and concerned citizens. IMG_20140404_114829 For coverage of the event, see the FBI press release and Oakland Unite’s website. To learn more about BAWAR’s SEM proram, visit bawarsem.org. .

SFSU Wind Ensemble Donates Concert Proceeds to BAWAR

BAWAR would like to give a big thank you to San Francisco State’s Wind Ensemble for its fundraiser for BAWAR.  On Thursday, March 20, 2014, the Wind Ensemble held a world premiere of “Dreams Haunt Me”, a piece composed and conducted by Brad Hart for a friend of his who is a survivor.  As an article in the Golden Gate Express says,

The piece, haunting and dark, conveys the feelings of the girl left traveling this unwarranted journey and coping with the new feelings and insecurities it carries. By the end of the song, the audience was on their feet, shouting “bravo” as Hart bowed and was thanked for presenting a powerful piece that so many people could relate to.

Thank you again to the San Francisco State Wind Ensemble for its support of sexual assault survivors.  To read more about the concert, go to the Golden Gate Express article.

BAWAR’s Pat Mims Receives the 2014 Freedom House Stewardship Award

Pat Mims, the program coordinator of BAWAR’s SEM Program, has received the 2014 Freedom House Stewardship Award.  BAWAR has enjoyed collaborating with Freedom House in the guidance and support of human-trafficking survivors since 2010.  In their letter to Pat, Freedom House wrote:

Your leadership in building awareness in the community about commcercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and the need for more direct services is commendable.  Freedom House also appreciates your sharing your expertise as a presenter during its shelter volunteer training programs…”Hope and a Future” is this year’s Gala theme.  Your tremendous work at BAWAR is providing both to young women and children.

Pat will be recognized for his and SEM’s work at the Freedom House 5th Annual Gala on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Foster City. .  For more information about the Gala or to buy tickets, visit Freedom House’s Events page.

For more information about the SEM program, please visit bawarsem.org.

BAWAR Receives California Association of Black Lawyers Community Service Award

BAWAR has received the 2014 David Cunningham Community Service Award from the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) for its work providing support and advocacy to people who are at risk for or who have been sexually and/or commercially exploited, via its SEM program.  On March 22nd, 2014 at 6pm at the Oakland Marriott Center, BAWAR will be presented the award during CABL’s Installation Dinner & Gala.  To learn more about the award, the dinner and CABL, read the letter BAWAR received below.  This award could not have been accomplished without our numerous community partners, Oakland Unite, Cross Bay Collaborative, law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, and concerned citizens.

To learn more about the SEM program and services provided, click here.

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BAWAR Receives FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

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On January 30th, 2014 from 10am to 12pm at the Alameda County Family Justice Center, BAWAR was the recipient of the Director’s Community Leadership Award from FBI San Francisco.  The award was for the work done in Oakland and Alameda county by BAWAR’s SEM program to combat sex trafficking of minors and adults, and BAWAR is one of 56 agencies nationwide to be recognized for their hard work in education and preventing crime and violence. The director of the SEM program, Pat Mims, will be flown to the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. in April to participate in a formal ceremony to acknowledge  BAWAR’s work.  This award could not have been accomplished without our numerous community partners, Oakland Unite, Cross Bay Collaborative, law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, and concerned citizens.

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For coverage of the event, see the FBI’s press release as well as articles on Claycord.com and Oakland Unite.

 

BAWAR Receives Champion Extraordinaire Award

Champion Extraordinaire Award

At the Alameda County Family Justice Center‘s 7th Annual One Gala on January 25, 2014, BAWAR received ACFJC’s Champion Extraordinaire Award.  This award was given in recognition and acknowledgement of being the first rape crisis center in the United States, as well as for BAWAR’s leadership and advocacy in supporting survivors of human exploitation and trafficking through its SEM program.

 

Click below to see the write-up on BAWAR in the Gala’s program.

  Gala Program

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BAWAR Director Quoted in KTVU Article

In a KTVU article concerning a sexual assault in Livermore, BAWAR’s executive director Marcia Blackstock was quoted discussing sex offenders and the legal system.

“We don’t know of any known cure for a sex offender,” said Blackstock. “There’s never been a ‘He’s never going to do it again’ cure or even chemical castration. Cencompderhaires . There’s just no known cure.”

“We can’t drop the ball,” she said. “We’ve got to keep working and trying to find the answers to rehabilitate these guys because they are getting out of prison.”

To read more , click here to see the full article on KTVU.com.

BAWAR serves people who have experienced sexual abuse/sexual assault, as well as their significant others (partners, family, etc.).  You can call our hotline at 510-845-7273 for counselors who speak English or Spanish.

FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA)

On January 30th, 2014 from 10am to 12pm at the Alameda County Family Justice Center, BAWAR will receive the Director’s Community Leadership  Award (DCLA) from FBI San Francisco for the work of its SEM program.  This award is for the work done in Oakland and Alameda County to combat sex trafficking of minors and adults, and BAWAR is one of 56 agencies nationwide to be recognized for their hard work in education and preventing crime and violence. The director of the SEM program, Pat Mims, will be flown to the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. in April to participate in a formal ceremony to acknowledge  BAWAR’s work.  This award could not have been accomplished without our numerous community partners, Oakland Unite, Cross Bay Collaborative, law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, and concerned citizens.

 

To learn more about the SEM program and services provided, click here.

 

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