Medina Journal-Register — Pullman Memorial Universalist Church of Albion on Sunday recognized Planned Parenthood of Albion in the Rochester/Syracuse Region by bestowing its 2013 Humanitarian Award for 40 years of providing rape crisis services to Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming (The GLOW) Counties.
On Sunday, Jeff Pier, the Regional Manager of Rape Crisis Service for the GLOW region, accepted the award for his organization.
The Pullman Memorial Universalist Church Humanitarian Award is given by Pullman’s board of trustees on behalf of the congregation to individual residents of Orleans county or a local organization most exemplifying Pullman Memorial’s liberal religious principles of social justice and equality.
Pullman Memorial’s pastor, H. Lee Richards, said about the award, “The Pullman Memorial Universalist congregation historically affirmed that ‘God is Love’ and continues to this day to believe that ‘Love wins.’ This love is expressed in doing good works for others so that justice and peace may reign throughout the world. To that end, the congregation approves of, and supports, the rape crisis work of Planned Parenthood of Albion.”
Since 1983, Rape Crisis Service of Planned Parenthood in the central New York region, including the GLOW region, has provided personal support and advocacy for survivors and significant others of sexual assault and violence. Staff members and trained volunteer counselors at Planned Parenthood’s rape crisis center in Albion provide for sexual assault victims’ medical needs, psychological support, and police and legal intervention.
Pullman Memorial’s Board Chair Gay Smith of Kendall, on the significance of this kind of recognition, noted, “...I’d like to say at a time when the crime of rape has become politically trivialized and many times denied as even being a crime it’s more important than ever that victims of these vicious assaults be supported and empowered to receive the medical, psychological and legal assistance that are due them.”
Planned Parenthood’s rape crisis center also offers information to the public through prevention education and professional training programs that increase awareness, improve societal response to sexual violence in the community, and create a society less vulnerable to sexual violence.