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Eagle Times May 6,2019
Out in the parking lot in front of the school, the crowd gathered to await the start of the event, but also to be addressed by its hosts. Marie Linebaugh, the program director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, was in Claremont to present the Visionary Voice award. This award is sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They select 50 winners each year, one from each state.
According to Linebaugh, the national organization is looking for people who are leading initiatives for change to end sexual violence. The people nominated, she said, go “beyond the norm,” are really engaged, and are “leading in a meaningful and creative way.” Before taking the stage, Linebaugh said that the award is usually presented in Concord, but this year it was decided that Steppin' Up was a good opportunity to do the presentation in the winner's home community.
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