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Lieutenant Jen Lund receives MNCASA Outstanding Ally Award

Posted by Judy Korn on Tuesday, Sep. 7, 2010

Lieutenant Jennifer Lund of the University of Minnesota, Morris Campus Police Department was named this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Ally Award by the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA). The organization is committed to ending sexual violence in the state of Minnesota. Each year, MNCASA recognizes the outstanding achievements of an individual addressing sexual violence issues, while working closely with a sexual assault advocacy program.

Since arriving on the Morris campus in 1990, Lund quickly developed and has maintained particular interest in the prevention of violence, both on and off campus. Long before collaborative efforts were commenced around the state in these areas, Lund was informally working with all constituencies concerned with and affected by sexual assault to get the message out.

Says Stevens County Attorney Charles Glasrud, who orchestrated the nomination, “I’ve never heard her say, ‘I don’t have the time.’ She makes the time.”

Lund’s accomplishments and recognitions are many, but include:

• A founding and active member of the Stevens County Violence Prevention Task Force since its inception. Someplace Safe is a participant in this Task Force.

• Close involvement with helping to found the Men of Morris (MOM), a UMM student organization that, among other things, promotes men as allies and activists against violence against women.

• Playing a predominant role in promoting and participating in the annual Take Back the Night march and speak-out held in Morris.

• Involvement in numerous classes, presentations, programs and events discussing the empowerment of women and promoting prevention of sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking.

• Initiation of the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program at UMM, along with countless hours teaching and sharing the successful program.

• Work to break down barriers between victim/survivors of sexual violence and law enforcement by creating a safe and approachable presence.

• Serving as an active member of the Minnesota Sex Crimes Investigation Association, including time serving on its board of directors.

• Active membership on the UMM Commission on Women.

• UMM’s Mary Martelle Staff Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Quality of Campus Life at UMM The Outstanding Support of Student Leadership Award and the Someplace Safe Award in Recognition of her Community Involvement and Commitment to Ending Violence in recognition for her work with victims.

Someplace Safe is honored to work with Lund as a collaborative partner in its mission to eliminate violence.

Reprinted with permission from Someplace Safe.

Photo credit: Nancy Woodke, Morris Sun Tribune