The Crime Victims’ Rights Awards Committee recently honored victims, survivors, and advocates in San Luis Obispo County. Guests and honorees were treated to delicious desserts as keynote speaker Dr. Denise Taylor, a survivor of crime herself, shared her story of healing. This event was held during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, an initiative that promotes victims’ rights and honors crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.
Award winners were:
• Courage Award: Christine Flock and Karen Stabile. This award recognizes and honors the courage of a survivor of crime.
• Champion Award: Lee Cunningham. This award recognizes outstanding service to crime victims by an individual working within the criminal justice system.
• Compassion Award: Stella Medina. This award honors the outstanding work of a victim advocate working within an agency serving survivors of crime.
• Commitment Award: Heart to Heart Real Estate. This award recognizes the significant contribution of a community member or business in the effort to better serve crime victims in San Luis Obispo County.
The Crime Victims’ Rights Award Committee includes; SLO County Department of Social Services, RISE, SLO County District Attorney, Christopher G. Money Victim Witness Assistance Center, SLO County Probation, Community Action Partnership, Restorative Partners, and Stand Strong.
Pictured left to right: District Attorney Dan Dow, Liz Lee and Mark McConnell of Heart to Heart Real Estate, Karen Stabile, Christine Flock, Lee Cunningham, Stella Medina, Erica Reyes of Congressman Carbajal’s’ office, Kristin Handley of Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham’s’ office, and San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold. Submitted photo