If you know someone who works to help eliminate sexual violence in central Virginia, you can nominate them for a special honor.
Charlottesville's Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is now accepting nominees for its annual Annette Grimm Award. The award spotlights someone who has made extraordinary contributions to SARA's mission through education or advocacy. The nominee can also be a person who provides direct services to clients through paid or volunteer work.
The winner will be recognized at SARA's annual award breakfast November 21. Organizers say the event is a great way to highlight different ways people are working to make our community safer.
Rebecca Weybright, executive director of SARA, said, “So often when sexual violence gets attention, it's because something bad happened, somebody was hurt, so it's really nice for us to be able to recognize something positive, something that's helping us as the community to move forward.”
Albemarle County's Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Darby Lowe received last year's award. Lowe says she felt the honor recognized the whole, multidisciplinary team she works with, focused on the prevention and prosecution of child abuse. “That team has worked really hard to recognize that the survivor of children and families involved in child abuse are dealt with through the prosecution, but really we look at the whole child and trying to help heal the child and their family and give services and support,” Lowe said.
The award is given in honor of Annette Grimm, a former longtime director for SARA.
Nominations should be submitted by July 31 for the award committee to review. Submissions can be sent to Weybright by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail:
Rebecca Weybright P.O. Box 1565 Charlottesville, VA 22902