|Rep. Dennis Cardoza, Kari Mansager, Patricia Bauer and Rep. Jim Costa|
UC Merced was awarded the Allied Professional Award from the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus this month at the group's annual ceremony in Washington, D.C.
This is the first time a university has won the award, and with this week being National Crime Victims' Week and this month being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, it couldn't be a more fitting time for the campus to be honored for its efforts.
The program began in March 2010, and its outreach has been on a constant climb ever since. The campus has seen a significant increase in the reporting of sexual violence, dating/domestic violence and stalking crimes to law enforcement, which Director Kari Mansager attributes to the close relationship between campus and community police officers and the Violence Prevention Program Campus Advocate.