Kirkland Commended by Giraffe Project

Posted: October 10, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erica Pirrung

Connie Kirkland, Sexual Assault Services coordinator, has been commended by the Giraffe Project, a national nonprofit organization that honors people who “stick their necks out for the common good.”

Kirkland, a criminal justice analyst, directs a program at Mason to prevent sexual assaults and to assist victims. She organizes and coordinates anti-violence fairs, self-defense days, roundtable discussions, and rallies.

In addition, Kirkland founded a 24-hour rape crisis center 25 years ago, and the Northern Virginia Turn-Off-the-Violence Coalition, an organization of community agencies that educates citizens about the effects of violence and about alternatives to violence. She has written legislation, training manuals, brochures, and reports, all focused on rape-prevention and victims of crime. Kirkland was also appointed recently to the U.S. Department of Justice Stalking Advisory Committee to provide technical assistance to National Center of Victims of Crime.

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