Joyce Siegel, LMSW, program manager for Sexual Assault Services (SAS) at Bronson Battle Creek received the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) state award recently.
Siegel, who has served as the MCEDSV president and vice president, was recognized with the Apple Blossom Award, the highest given for her work over the past 15 years. She accepted the award in honor of all of the sexual assault survivors she has worked with as a therapist and advocate and all future survivors she will meet.
“I’m honored to be selected for this award, and to do the work I do,” Siegel said. “I feel hopeful that we will someday end sexual violence.”
The award recognizes those who demonstrate leadership to advance the coalition as an organization, strength of the candidate in advancing the movement to end domestic or sexual assault, involvement statewide on committees, task forces, board and volunteer positions and numbers of years in the movement.
Siegel leads a staff of therapists, sexual assault nurse examiners, and volunteer victim advocates at SAS, a department of Bronson Battle Creek.
“I have an amazing staff and many of them are here tonight,” Siegel said in her acceptance. “Thank you so much for the work you do every day and for supporting what we do.”
“She’s tireless, enthusiastic, and highly credentialed,” added Kathy Hagenian, director of public policy for the MCEDSV. “She contributes to every statewide task force she’s called to, is always there for the coalition to help us in any way we need and is an all around wonderful, passionate advocate.”
To reach the SAS 24-hour crisis line, call (888) 383-2192.
Sexual Assault Services provides comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault and abuse. If you would like more information about how to prevent and reduce sexual and domestic violence, contact Joyce Siegel at Sexual Assault Services, (269) 245-3925.