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"Throughout the years being an active member of Jane Doe Inc. has given me the opportunity to participate in many activities to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as the opportunity to improve my professional skills attending trainings and webinars. The tremendous impact we make as part of the Jane Doe coalition is unmeasurable for every agency, advocate, client and community member." ~ Claudia Segura - JDI Coalition Member and Advocate

JDI Raised over $100K at 2019 Spring Into Action Breakfast; Quotes from Justice in Action Awardees Bob Rivers and Callie Crossley included

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 22, 2019
Contact: Toni Troop, ttroop@janedoe.org, 617-212-7571

Jane Doe Inc. Honors Bob Rivers and Callie Crossley at 2019 Spring into Action Breakfast

Event raised more than $100,000 to help support survivors and advance efforts
to prevent and end sexual and domestic violence

Boston, MA, May 22, 2019 – Yesterday, Jane Doe Inc. (JDI), the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, hosted the 2019 Spring into Action breakfast at the University of Massachusetts Club in Boston. At the breakfast, award-winning journalist Callie Crossley and Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank, were honored with the Justice in Action award, in recognition of their commitment to gender equity, racial justice and safety for all.

The annual Spring into Action breakfast provides critical support for JDI’s work to increase public understanding of sexual and domestic violence, advocate for important policy changes, and support its nearly 60 member organizations, which provide direct services to thousands of survivors across Massachusetts every year. This year’s breakfast raised more than $100,000 to advance JDI’s mission.  Special thanks to event Platinum Sponsors, Eastern Bank and Partners Health Care, Gold Sponsors, Verizon and the Boston Red Sox Foundation, and the dozen other corporate sponsors and indviduals for their generosity.

“JDI is the only statewide membership organization in MA addressing the complex issues of sexual and domestic violence.  This gives us an opportunity to understand what is happening on the ground every day for survivors and to support our member programs through training and technical assistance. It also gives us a unique lens to be bold advocates here in MA and in Washington DC. And to speak out about injustice and human rights,” said Debra Robbin, Executive Director of JDI, at the breakfast.  

Upon accepting the Justice in Action award, Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank, said, “96 percent of the time, [reports of sexual assault and domestic violence] are challenged or attempted to be discredited, unlike any other criminal accusation. Is it any wonder that the victims of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment, 91 percent of whom are women or girls, are hesitant to say anything? After all, on top of the embarrassment associated with coming forward regarding such a deeply sensitive and personal matter, these victims are subjected to further abuse and shame and made to relive these attacks all over again. Instead of justice, they are faced with subjugation. … Thankfully, the turbulent times in which we now find ourselves, have further strengthened the voice and the power of women and girls to make long overdue changes in the pursuit of equal justice and opportunity.”

"Everybody is talking about finding a safe space, and you can only do that when there are systems in place to offer protection for those who are most vulnerable. So, we have to think about a safe space, not just as some sort of ethereal thing out here, but as some real tangible ways in which to respond to folks who are really on the front lines,” said Callie Crossley, journalist and host of WGBH’s “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley,” who also received the Justice in Action award. "I'm really grateful for this recognition. On some of the rough days, I have to tell you, I wonder, 'Is anybody out there listening or watching?' So, thank you for letting me know that you heard and you saw me and what I said matters. It's a really great boost to my spirit and it helps me remember to try to live out one of my mantras which is, a strong woman stands up for herself; a stronger woman stands up for everyone else.”

(From L-R: Debra Robbin, Executive Director of Jane Doe Inc.; Nicole Castillo, Director of Programs, Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministries and Jane Doe Inc. Board Member; Alberto Vasallo III, President and CEO of El Mundo Media and Co-Chair of the 2019 Spring into Action breakfast; Callie Crossley, journalist, host of “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley” on WGBH and recipient of the 2019 Justice in Action Award; Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank and recipient of the 2019 Justice in Action Award; Jacqueline Conrad, Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations at Cambridge College, Jane Doe Inc. Board Member, and Co-Chair of the 2019 Spring into Action breakfast, gathered at the 2019 Spring into Action breakfast. Photo Credit: Ilene Perlman Photography for Jane Doe Inc.)

  

(Co-chairs of the 2019 Spring into Action breakfast, Alberto Vasallo III (L), President and CEO of El Mundo Media, and Jacqueline Conrad, Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations at Cambridge College and Jane Doe Inc. Board Member, at the UMass Club in Boston on Tuesday. Photo Credit:Ilene Perlman Photography for Jane Doe Inc.)  

(From L-R: Janet Wu, journalist and co-host of WCVB’s “On the Record,” who presented the Justice in Action award to Callie Crossley; Toni Troop, Director of Communications and Development at Jane Doe Inc.; Callie Crossley, journalist, host of “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley” on WGBH and recipient of the 2019 Justice in Action Award, at the Spring into Action breakfast in Boston on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Ilene Perlman Photography for Jane Doe Inc.)

(From L-R: Andrew Dreyfus, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, who presented the Justice in Action Award to Bob Rivers; Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank and recipient of the 2019 Justice in Action Award; Debra Robbin, Executive Director of Jane Doe Inc., at the Spring into Action breakfast in Boston on Tuesday Photo Credit: Ilene Perlman Photography for Jane Doe Inc.)

 

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