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Local advocate for sexual violence survivors recognized

Diane Moore has for the past three decades been the director of Advocates Building Peaceful Communities, the Steamboat Springs-based organization that provides support for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

— Local advocate for sexual violence survivors Diane Moore was recognized late last month for her work in the field throughout the past 30 years.

The executive director and a founding member of Advocates Building Peaceful Communities in Steamboat Springs, Moore also was involved in the grass-roots formation of the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, a statewide membership coalition that works with regional organizations to provide support and resources to survivors of sexual assault.

CCASA celebrates 30 years in 2014 and chose to recognize Moore as one of 13 "Change Makers" during an event Sept. 26 in Denver. Moore was also the only Change Maker asked to speak at the event.

"Diane really exemplifies compassion as well as passion for the work," CCASA Executive Director Erin Jemison said. "She truly cares for the people that she works with."

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities began in 1983 after the Routt County District Attorney’s Office noticed a lack of sexual assault victim services in the region.

"We started the program from a very grass-roots forming," said Moore, who had a background in social work but no experience in victims’ services. The organization tied into the also newly formed CCASA for support and technical services, and Moore became one of CCASA’s first board members.

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Throughout the years, Advocates has broadened into an organization serving about 300 victims per year in various capacities.

Advocates helps victims of family violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence and stalking as well as helps with immediate crisis response, in addition to hosting a 24-hour crisis response helpline.

Moore said that while there aren’t an overwhelming number of sexual violence incidents in Routt County, the crime happens more frequently than she thinks most people realize.

"It’s important for the community to know that this does happen," Moore said. "There’s more going on locally than most people know."

As the Advocates organization has grown, Moore has remained involved in CCASA and its efforts, serving on the board about four times throughout the years, she said.

"It’s an honor to be part of CCASA and to watch how it has grown," Moore said. "It’s certainly an important organization. It’s a coalition our local programs find very valuable."

Both Moore and Jemison said while they celebrate 30 years of CCASA, they recognize there is still more to do in preventing sexual violence and helping survivors.

“We still have a long ways to go,” Moore said.

Jemison said the organization has made great strides.

“Thirty years ago, there were very little services available for survivors,” Jemison said. “But we still have a lot to do.”

Jemison said CCASA always is seeking more volunteers to get involved in the coalition’s efforts.

More information about CCASA can be found at http://www.ccasa.org.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow