Summer 2011 Newsletter - Page 4

Congratulations to Kathy Williams and Laura Patzner: Selected to Participate in First-Ever National Forum on Sexual Assault Services Program

The Resource Sharing Project is excited to host the upcoming National Forum on Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP), which will focus on the range and variety of services available for sexual assault survivors across the country. The forum will be held July 20-21 in Alexandria, Virginia.

To make this event successful and directly relevant to service providers in each state and territory, sexual assault service providers who are doing new and innovative work in specific areas have been invited to attend. This two-day forum held in late July will be a learning exchange about current practices, innovative responses, and the variety of services that can be provided to survivors throughout their whole lives.

From Kansas, Kathy Williams and Laura Patzner have been invited to attend.

Staunch advocate and spokesperson for the victims and survivors of sexual assault, Kathy Williams, is the executive director of the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC); a position she has held for eleven years. She also served as WASAC’s coordinator of victim services for five years. Ms. Williams knew from the beginning of her secondary education that she wanted to work with women and children who had experienced violence. She freely shares her expertise by serving on boards and councils of several state and local organizations, and will bring a wide array of knowledge and experience to the SASP Forum.

Laura Patzner has served as executive director of Family Crisis Center, Inc. (FCC) in Great Bend, since 2006. Under her leadership, FCC has increased the number of paid advocates from 7 to 13 and developed stronger, survivor-driven services in the 10 counties it serves. “What an honor to represent the incredible work being done on behalf of and for survivors in Kansas and to learn from so many from across the nation,” said Patzner.

KCSDV is proud of the work being done in Kansas and congratulates Williams and Patzner on this honor.

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