Janet Owen – Individual Award Nominee – 2003

Janet worked tirelessly to prevent the threatened closure of the Bangor Rape Crisis Line because of lack of funding. Not only has she been an inexhaustible fund-raiser for the line, she has been active in raising awareness of the issues, drawing attention to the need for such a line, by involving local and national media, politicians, and anyone who could support the cause. She has also played an important role in developing and implementing an education programme for children and young people, both to increase understanding of sexual violence and abuse, and to make sure they know that help is there if they need it. As a result of her energy, commitment and enthusiasm, the Bangor Rape Crisis Line has received funding which will provide a secure future for the next three years.