This is a proud moment for Protect our Defenders.
Nancy Parrish, our founder, was presented today with the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage. This prestigious prize, established by the Georgia Institute of Technology, honors those who have made a positive difference in the world by standing up for moral principles. We couldn’t be more proud to see her win this award. Prior recipients include Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis and Senator Sam Nunn.
Nancy absolutely deserves this recognition -- she has exhibited creative leadership and truly tireless work on behalf of victims of military sexual assault, every day since she founded Protect Our Defenders nearly five years ago. But this award is truly a testament to all of us who have contributed our time, effort, and support toward advancing our mission. It’s a tribute to every survivor, advocate, pro bono lawyer, volunteer, and donor. Together, we’ve all accomplished so much, yet the problem persists, victims suffer and need help, and POD's work must continue and expand.
Thank you for your continued support of Protect Our Defenders. Please take your involvement to the next level today by donating $5 to help us continue our fight to end the epidemic of harassment and sexual assault in the military.
Terri Odom, a survivor and Advisory Board Member, spoke out about how much the organization has changed her life: “When I met Nancy Parrish, I was broken – I had no purpose, no vision, no voice. I most likely would not be alive without Protect Our Defenders’ help.”
Loree Sutton, MD Brigadier General (Ret.) noted the real progress we’ve been witnessing on this issue: “Since Protect Our Defenders’ founding, I have watched the United States experience exponential growth in its awareness and resolve to address the treatment of rape victims in the military.”
This is all thanks to the movement we have built together.
This award has shown us how much our work can change survivors’ worlds, but I know I don’t need to remind you that we have to keep pushing forward and continue to make strides in this work.
As part of the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage award, Nancy will be given a $100,000 stipend that she will donate to Protect Our Defenders. Will you help us celebrate this amazing opportunity to expand our work by joining her?
Please donate $5 today and help us keep fighting for justice for survivors.
You’re the reason we’ve come this far -- now let’s keep pressing forward.
Col. Don Christensen
President, Protect Our Defenders
Former U.S. Air Force Chief Prosecutor