Rutledge Honored with Sandra Wilson Cherry Award
February 9, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the following statement after receiving the 2018 Sandra Wilson Cherry Award presented by the Gaines House.
“It is an honor to receive this important award and to be recognized as a role model for women across Arkansas,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Sandra Wilson Cherry dedicated her life to public service and I will continue to embrace her legacy by serving the people of our great state. As Arkansas’s first elected female Attorney General, I strive to empower women by providing resources such as Laura’s Card and Break the Cycle training. These programs, alongside the valuable work of the Gaines House, benefit every Arkansan and I am proud to help bring a voice to those who would otherwise live in silence.”
In 2016, Rutledge began providing Laura’s Card to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Laura’s Card includes 24-hour crisis line phone numbers, a list of victim’s rights and information about resources available. More than 100,000 Laura’s Cards, available in English and Spanish, have been distributed to Arkansas law enforcement agencies and service providers. Additionally, LaurasCard.ar.gov was created with links to numerous resources available for victims of abuse. Rutledge also began offering Break the Cycle training across Arkansas, which focuses on youth dating abuse prevention and intervention and helps educators recognize and discuss the warning signs of dating violence. Break the Cycle is a leading national nonprofit organization providing comprehensive dating abuse prevention programs.
The Sandra Wilson Cherry Award is presented by the Gaines House. For more than fifty years, the Gaines House has enabled hundreds of homeless women with mental illness to successfully complete a psychiatric rehabilitation process and become productive members of our community. The Gaines House is unique in Arkansas and offers a supervised residential environment preparing homeless women with mental illness to strive for independence.