Kuster Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Combatting Sexual Violence in Berlin
(Berlin, NH) - Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, joined healthcare providers, law enforcement and others at Coos County Family Health Services (CCFHS) to discuss efforts to prevent sexual violence. Prior to the discussion, RESPONSE Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Center presented Congresswoman Kuster with an award to honor and thank her for her work on this issue.
“For too long, survivors of sexual violence have suffered in silence,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “It’s a silence I know all too well. I’m honored to join such incredible advocates to discuss this important issue, and I’m confident that with their passion, dedication, and perspectives, we will be able to combat this persistent problem in rural communities like Berlin and elsewhere in the Granite State.”
Kuster was joined at today’s discussion by Ken Gordon, CEO of CCFHS; Deborah Haynes, Program Director of RESPONSE Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Center; Joan Merrill, Board President of CCFHS and Volunteer at RESPONSE; Megan Fellows, Education/Outreach Coordinator for RESPONSE; Lindy Falconer, Colebrook Key Club Advisor at Colebrook Academy; Melany Hibbard, Colebrook Key Club Treasurer at Colebrook Academy; Jay Stephens, Troop F Detective for the New Hampshire State Police Troop F; and Emily Jacobs, a clinician at Northern Human Services.
“We are recognizing and honoring Congresswoman Kuster for her bravery, courage and leadership on the issues in regards to sexual violence,” said Deb Haynes, RESPONSE Program Director. “She has been such an honorable voice nationally for all victims, survivors and their families. Her voice helps to give others the courage to speak out. Hosting this roundtable discussion gives Response a great opportunity to share how unique our services in a rural county can be.”
“Congresswoman Kuster has become recognized as a national leader on this important issue,” said Ken Gordon, CEO of Coos County Family Health Services. “Her willingness to share her own personal story has heightened her effectiveness as an advocate, brought needed attention to this issue, and has been an inspiration to every person whose life has been affected by sexual violence.”