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Wichita woman recognized for service to crime victims

Release Date: Apr 13, 2018

Kathy Williams, Outstanding Community-Based Victim Advocate Award for Adult AdvocacyTOPEKA – (April 13, 2018) – Kathy Williams, executive director of the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC), was recognized for her service to crime victims during this week’s Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in Topeka.

Williams was presented the Outstanding Community-Based Victim Advocate Award for Adult Advocacy by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt during an awards ceremony yesterday.

“She keeps our agency grounded in the mission, challenges our community for change and advocates constantly for her staff and the survivors we work with,” said Mary Stolz, director of survivor services at WASAC. “It’s hard to imagine the progress we have made without acknowledging Kathy’s contributions.”

In the 19 years since Williams joined WASAC, the agency has grown from 11 employees to 31 and expanded its service area to encompass Sedgwick, Sumner and Cowley counties. In 2015, WASAC was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the Wichita Business Journal. Williams’s staff report that they are grateful to work with purpose and passion under her leadership.

The Kansas Crime Victims’ Rights Conference was hosted by Attorney General Schmidt and Governor Jeff Colyer. The conference featured a number of speakers and trainers focused on raising awareness of emerging crimes and offering new approaches to respond to enduring crimes, such as child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.

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