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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2006
Contact: Matthew Dunlap
207-626-8400

Secretary of State's Address Confidentiality Program Manager Receives
Androscoggin Sexual Assault Crisis Center Community Advocate Award

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced that the Department of the Secretary of State’s Chief Deputy, Barbara Redmond, was given a Community Advocate Award by the Androscoggin Sexual Assault Crisis Center at its annual meeting on November 29th.

The Sexual Assault Crisis Center, serving victims and survivors of sexual violence in Androscoggin County since 1984 presented Community Advocate awards at their annual meeting. The award is given to a person or organization that is not directly connected to the center and whose work benefits survivors and/or support the work of the center.

Deputy Secretary of State Barbara Redmond, who managed the state’s Address Confidentiality Program, was nominated for her efforts in promoting the benefits of the ACP program and her willingness to go the extra mile in helping sexual assault and domestic abuse advocates, and the clients that they serve. Secretary Dunlap praised Redmond for her efforts and applauded the recognition.

“This important program gives real hope to people who might otherwise have nowhere else to turn,” said Dunlap. “Deputy Redmond has been a reliable and unfailing friend to many in need, and has never failed to reach out to victims of domestic violence and their families to be a resource. She has proven her worth—and the worth of the program—to the many agencies who work with their clients, trying to establish security and normalcy in their lives.”

 William Gagne of the Androscoggin Sheriff’s Department was also an award recipient.

The Address Confidentiality Program, passed by the 120th Legislature, provides a designated address to individuals who have relocated or plan to move to a location unknown to their abuser. It also provides participants with a first-class mail forwarding service. The designated address has no relationship to the participant's actual address. As a result of the program, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking are able to interact with businesses, government agencies and other organizations without disclosing their actual address.

Acceptance into the ACP program is made through trained Application Assistants at domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking advocate programs throughout Maine. More than 100 Application Assistants have been trained and certified, representing 31 organizations in 16 counties.

A complete listing of trained assistants and additional information about the program can be found on the Secretary of State's website at: www.maine.gov/sos/acp.

Advocates interested in the program can request training and certification by emailing sos.office@maine.gov or by calling 207-626-8400.