OLYMPIA- Surprised by a phone call from an aide from Congressman Reichert’s office, Jessica Johnson found out she was not only nominated but will be recognized by the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus on April 12th.
SAGE, an organization focusing on Safety, Advocacy, Growth and Empowerment, assists victims in the Wenatchee area on issues related to domestic and sexual violence.
“I am excited to congratulate Jessica Johnson with Safety, Advocacy, Growth, and Empowerment (SAGE) in Wenatchee, Washington for being selected to receive the Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy from the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus,” said Rep. Dave Reichert in a statement to NCWLIFE. “SAGE is a safe haven for many in Central Washington, including those who have faced traumatic experiences such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, stalking, and sex trafficking.”
Letters of support were submitted by community members including SAGE board members and Sheriff Brian Burnett in support of Johnson.
“It’s not only just my award, it’s also SAGE’s award but they nominate the person and their agency too,” Johnson said. “I’m really honored and humbled that we won this award.”
Under Johnson’s strong leadership, Reichert said SAGE has expanded its resources and its ability to serve throughout the region.
“[Johnson has] allowed the organization to serve more than 1,000 clients in the past two years alone,’ Reichert said. “SAGE’s services have become an essential resource for law enforcement working to assist victims, adults and children, after they have endured traumatic events. I am proud the Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus has chosen to give Jessica this honor she so clearly deserves.”
Johnson will head to Washington D.C. to accept the award on April 12th.