2006 Gala

BARCC’s 2006 Champions for Change Awards

Champions for Change in Public Service

Susan Fargo, State Senator
Senator Susan Fargo represents the Third Middlesex District.  She is Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Post Audit and Oversight Committee and the Committee on State Administration.

She has authored several pieces of groundbreaking legislation, including the Emergency Contraception legislation, which requires hospital emergency rooms to make emergency contraception available to rape survivors and allows pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception through a collaborative agreement with a physician.

Senator Fargo’s legislative priorities include: access to childcare and health care, education, workforce and economic development, energy efficiency, domestic violence prevention, economic equality for women and minorities, support for the arts, and environmental preservation and protection.  She was first elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 1996.

Peter Koutoujian, State Representative
Representative Peter J. Koutoujian (D-Waltham) is currently serving his fifth term in the 10th Middlesex District which includes the communities of Newton, Watertown, and Waltham.  He is the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Care.  Formerly, he served as a prosecutor in the Middlesex County.

Representative Koutoujian has been a tireless advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.  He serves on the boards of directors of several local organizations, including the West Suburban Samaritans, the Waltham Boys & Girls Club, the Newton Boys & Girls Club, the Newton Community Service Center, REACH, and Deana’s Fund.  He is a member of the Bright School Education Council in Waltham and has the distinction of being the Waltham Business and Professional Women’s Club’s only male member.

Pamela Resor, State Senator
Senator Resor has compiled an impressive record of leadership and independent action on many issues that matter to the people of her district.  Her legislation to close the loophole in the stalking statute, known as “Sandy’s Law,” was enacted in August of 2000.  The law is named for Sandra Berfield, an Everett waitress who was killed by a stalker.  Senator Resor also sponsored and worked for successful passage of the Sexual Harassment Education in the Workplace Act, which went into effect in 1996. 

Senator Resor continues to ensure that issues concerning women’s health and safety remain a top priority on Beacon Hill.  Last year, she worked tirelessly to improve access to Emergency Contraception and ensure rape victims were guaranteed access to them at emergency rooms across the state.

She is the current Chairwoman of the Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and is the Vice-Chair of the Labor & Workforce Development Committee.  She also serves on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means Education, Children & Families Committee, and Tourism Arts & Cultural Development Committee.

Douglas Petersen, State Representative
Douglas Petersen (D-Marblehead, Swampscott, Lynn) has distinguished himself as an advocate for the environment, education, health care, smart growth initiatives, and women’s rights.  Two of his most recent successes include the House having unanimously passed his Mercury Bill - a bill which will greatly curb this harmful neurotoxin from our environment, and also his Contraception Bill which mandates that all hospitals provide emergency contraception to rape victims.

His work has earned him many prestigious awards over the years from a cross-sector of advocacy groups throughout the Commonwealth, including Planned Parenthood, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Champion for Change in Medicine

Lucia Zuniga
Ms. Zuniga graduated in 1987 from the University of Texas at El Paso and has been a registered nurse with over 18 years of emergency nursing experience.  While working as a resource nurse in the emergency department, Ms. Zuniga developed a special interest in caring for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.  As an expert in caring for victims of sexual assault, she has trained countless nurses, physicians, social workers, police, district attorneys, rape crisis centers, judges, and others on the preservation and collection of forensic evidence along with the holistic approach to caring for victims after sexual assault trauma.

Ms. Zuniga is one of the first nurses in Massachusetts to be trained and certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and over the past eight years has been the Director of the Massachusetts’ Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program.  As the director, she oversees the program’s statewide operations, protocols, trainings, certifications and credentialing standards with the support of a very dedicated staff and many key supporters.

Champion for Change in Community

Peggy Barrett
Ms. Barrett is the Director of the Women’s Center at Tufts University.  In 1999, under her leadership, the Women’s Center was awarded a grant from the US Department of Justice’s Violence Against Women Office to develop educational materials for students.  She focused these projects on creating awareness materials about sexual violence for the Latina, Africana, Asian/Asian-American, and the lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities at Tufts.  Her efforts influenced the entire campus to learn about issues of sexual violence, and BARCC has been a partner in many of these efforts.  She is much admired for her focus on sexual assault and for building partnerships that benefit the Tufts community and the community at large. 

Champion for Change in Education

Dr. David Lisak
Dr. Lisak is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and director of the Men’s Sexual Trauma Research Project.  He conducts and supervises research on the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence.  In particular, he has studied the motives and characteristics of “undetected” rapists - men who rape but who are never prosecuted.

He also studies the long term effects of childhood abuse in adult men, and the relationship between early abuse and the later perpetration of interpersonal violence.  His research has been published in leading journals in psychology, trauma and violence, and he is the editor of the journal, Psychology of Men and Masculinity.  In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Lisak is a consultant to judicial and prosecutor education programs across the country, he maintains a private practice specializing in the treatment of men, and serves as an expert witness in death penalty cases in which child abuse issues are raised.

Champion for Change in Business

Wainwright Bank and Trust
Wainwright Bank has been a consistent voice for socially responsible banking.  They partner with and support BARCC and many other organizations throughout Boston.  They are an extremely generous donor to BARCC’s events and programs.  In 2002, Wainwright had faith in the organization’s strong history and gave BARCC a line of credit that paved the way for BARCC’s long-term financial security. 

Champion for Change in Arts, Entertainment and Sports

Catherine Pedemonti
Ms. Pedemonti’s “Faces of Survivors: Voices Reclaimed” is a series of photographs honoring and celebrating the surviving, healing, and thriving done by survivors of sexual violence.  The series educates the public about the scope of sexual violence and the diversity of those affected, and provides positive images of healing for other survivors.  Ms. Pedemonti’s photographs vividly portray the pervasive and prevalent reality of sexual assault in an effort to dispel the stereotypes regarding rape and all forms of sexual violence. 

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