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Turning Point head honored by state

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published May 16, 2016

 Sue is among some two dozen 2016 Visionary Voice Award winners being recognized from across the country for their creativity and hard work to end sexual violence

Sue is among some two dozen 2016 Visionary Voice Award winners being recognized from across the country for their creativity and hard work to end sexual violence

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Turning Point Macomb CEO Sue Coats has received multiple awards in her career, but she said she has a special affinity for her most recent award, the National Visionary Voice Award.

“What we do here is look forward,” said Coats, who was nominated to receive the award by the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. “I’m very honored to have been selected. It’s always nice when your work gets recognized.”

Coats, who is also a past recipient of the ATHENA Award from the Macomb County Chamber for her work in mentoring women, and the state-honored Apple Blossom Award for leadership, is among some two dozen 2016 Visionary Voice Award winners being recognized from across the country for their creativity and hard work to end sexual violence.

Coats is an expert in the field of sexual assault service delivery and prevention, and qualifies as an expert witness in criminal sexual conduct cases. Under her leadership, Turning Point has been able to provide advocacy on behalf of victims of sexual assault at hospitals, police departments and courts for more than 21 years.

She has served as a consultant to several universities researching and developing campus education programs on sexual assault. Coats also developed an agency partnership with Michigan State University on program evaluation and research, and her peer education program on sexual assault for high school students was featured on CNN.

Prior to becoming Turning Point president and CEO in 2002, Coats worked as a sexual assault program director, where she developed and opened the first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program in Southeastern Michigan.

NSVRC officials state in a press release that Coats is being recognized across the state for her continuing commitment and passion to ending violence against women, and will be honored as the recipient of this award at a ceremony during the coalition’s annual conference in May.

The NSVRC’s mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research. The award is given to individuals who show exemplary leadership and vision in the fight to end sexual violence.The NSVRC offers the Visionary Voice award, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) each April, to recognize the creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence

For the past 35 years, Turning Point has provided emergency support and prevention services in Macomb County. Services consist of an emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, advocacy, a Personal Protection Order Assistance Program, a Forensic Nurse Examiners Program for victims of sexual assault, and a Prevention Education Program.

Last year, Turning Point provided services to 2,887 individuals and answered more than 11,988 crisis calls.

For more information, call (586) 463-6990 or go to www.turningpointmacomb.org.

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