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UW-Eau Claire Faculty Member Receives National
Award for Work to End Sexual Violence

RELEASED: July 29, 2005

Dr. Susan TurellEAU CLAIRE — The coordinator of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's women's studies program is the recipient of the 2005 Award for Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Dr. Susan Turell, professor of psychology, was nominated for the national award by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

"It seems impossible that Susan has been in Wisconsin just since the summer of 2002 as she already has initiated and enhanced services for victims of sexual assault in her community, local and statewide, in a myriad of ways," Ann McKinley, program development coordinator for the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, stated in a letter nominating Turell for the award.

Under Turell's leadership, a Center for the Awareness of Sexual Assault was established on the UW-Eau Claire campus. The center is a collaborative effort with a local non-profit domestic violence/sexual assault agency. More than 40 UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students were trained to provide on-call services for the center on a volunteer basis.

"UW-Eau Claire now has a statewide reputation as a campus with sensitivity for victims of sexual assault," McKinley said. "All of this would not have happened without Susan's work."

"It's quite an honor that my efforts are being recognized," Turell said. "I enjoy working with the many people in Eau Claire who are also dedicated to providing support for sexual assault victims and to providing awareness to decrease the incidence in our community."

In addition to her work on campus, Turell also provides support to people in the Eau Claire gay and lesbian community, provides counseling at a local clinic and serves on a statewide task force that addresses domestic violence and sexual assault concerns from the perspectives of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender communities.

"I understand the compassion, emotional energy, creativity and professional risk involved in working with populations that traditionally have no voice," McKinley said. "Susan Turell combines these qualities with intellect, her pursuit of education and superb writing and teaching abilities in a unique fashion and offers UW-Eau Claire and its greater community a dynamic force to address sexual violence and its many layers of difficulty."

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