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First Lady presents 2020 Visionary Voice Award honoring Sexual Assault Awareness Month (sponsored)

By ThisIsReno

Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCEDSV) partners with Nevada Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) to offer the 2020 Visionary Voice Award in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This honor recognizes individuals who have shown efforts to help put an end to sexual violence around the country. NCEDSV and NSVRC both aim to promote awareness by connecting the public with information they need to educate their communities.

A virtual live stream event was held on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to honor award recipient Cristina Hernandez.

Each year, state, territory, and tribal coalitions select one outstanding individual to nominate for the awards. This year, Cristina Hernandez is presented with the 2020 Visionary Voice Award. This livestream acknowledges those who exhibit outstanding work to help put an end to sexual violence, and aims to enhance public understanding of sexual assault.

SAAM celebrates its 19th anniversary by presenting the “I Ask” campaign demonstrating clear consent. Every 73 seconds, an individual is sexually assaulted in the United States. Visit the link HERE to watch a video clip #StopTheTimer.

“We are thrilled to partner with NSVRC to be a statewide voice for sexual assault and to present Cristina with this award,” said Sue Meuschke, Executive Director. “We are proud to honor her community involvement and passion within various anti-violence movements. Together, the amount of awareness we can bring will be incredible.”

About Cristina Hernandez

A Las Vegas native, Cristina graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. She is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health.  As the director of the Jean Nidetch Women’s Center (JNWC) from 2012 – 2019, she established a peer advocacy and education program regarding sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking (CARE Advocates) coordinated a campus interpersonal Violence Response Team (ASERTAV), advocated for campus advocates to have privilege and confidentiality, and began programs to increase access for child birth education. Committed to her community, Cristina has volunteered her time over the years to agencies like the Rape Crisis Center, the Queer Anti-Violence Project (QAVP) through Gender Justice Nevada, and Sister Emeritus for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Sin Sity Sister House. Cristina has transformed her community involvement into a daily passion to help bring awareness of sexual assault and dating/domestic violence to attention.


The Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (previously The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence), is the statewide coalition of domestic and sexual violence programs. NCEDSV provides statewide advocacy, education and support to the front-line organizations that help those impacted by domestic and sexual violence. To learn more, visit ncedsv.org.


The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) provides information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Every April, NSVRC leads Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a campaign to educate and engage the public in addressing this widespread issue. This non-profit is also one of the three founding organizations of RALIANCE, a national, collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation. For more information, visit nsvrc.org.

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