Opinion: An award that means quite a lot

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This is recognition richly deserved. The Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault has named Toby Stark, the executive director of Chaucie’s Place, Outstanding Advocate of the Year. Stark was chosen, according to an INCASA statement for exhibiting the qualities that “INCASA has long recognized when it comes to advocating for individuals who have experienced sexual assault and child sexual abuse: compassion for victims and survivors; responsiveness to the needs of victims and, where needed, their family members; a voice that supports victims of sexual assault and child sexual abuse; as well as educating the community about these traumatic crimes so that early recognition and reporting can occur on behalf of children and teens, while also preventing sexual assault and child sexual abuse.” Because we know Stark as an achiever on behalf of Chaucie’s Place’s clients, this award is just but hardly surprising. Jon Kizer, on behalf of Chaucie’s Place’s Board of Directors, stated,  “As the leader of our center, she means so much to not only our organization, but also the kids we serve in Hamilton County and Central Indiana.” Since joining Chaucie’s Place in June 2010, Stark has led the organization’s strategic transformation into a nonprofit focused on child sexual abuse and youth suicide prevention programming. We join with INCASA in agreeing that her passion and ability to build relationships has increased awareness of the epidemic of child sexual abuse and its ongoing family and community impact. Toby, take a bow.

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