Senator Jennifer Beck, (R-Monmouth) a former rape crisis counselor and longtime advocate for survivors of sexual assault, hosted an appreciation dinner on Sept. 14 honoring advocates that serve 180 Turning Lives Around.
“The advocates at 180 Turning Lives Around dedicate thousands of hours each year to helping survivors recover and rebuild,” Senator Beck said. “They are the comforting voice at a counseling session; the hand that guides a victim through a medical exam or grand jury hearing; and a lifeline for victims who dial the hotline at 3 a.m. in need of emergency assistance. This dinner and the donations we collect are the least we can do to honor the heroic work they do every day for local survivors and their families.”
As a former rape crisis counselor, I was proud to host this dinner & show my support for all rape crisis advocates. https://t.co/CIpn7UnEjA
— Sen. Jennifer Beck (@jenbecknj) September 15, 2016
Prior to serving as a legislator, Senator Beck worked as a rape crisis counselor at 180 Turning Lives Around. Based out of Hazlet, the local nonprofit has been serving individuals and families affected by sexual assault and domestic violence since 1976. Senator Beck has hosted the appreciation dinner since 2008. In addition to hosting the dinner, Senator Beck collects donations from local businesses to give the rape crisis advocates as a token of her appreciation.
Senator Beck is the prime sponsor of the Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act, which was signed into law by Governor Christie in February, and took effect on May 9, 2016. The law allows sexual assault survivors to seek protective orders against their offenders. The law specifically applies to cases where the survivor does not have a domestic relationship with the perpetrator and decides not to file a criminal complaint.
“The recent enactment of the Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act was a huge step forward to expanding protections for survivors,” Senator Beck said. “I am so grateful to the advocates from 180 and crisis centers across the state who worked with us to get this bill signed into law. I will continue to fight for legislation to protect victims and support the crisis centers who work around the clock to keep them safe.”
Advocates at 180 Turning Lives Around provide immediate and long-term support in assisting clients with the trauma they have experienced, while supporting them in obtaining services and making decisions that will turn their lives around. All counselors are volunteers and on-call 24 hours a day during times they elect to serve. More information on the 180 Turning Lives Around and the services they provide can be found here.