SCP, local leaders awarded "Spirit of Compassion" by Massachusetts Advocacy Group

Stop Child Predators Chairman Mark Lunsford and President Stacie Rumenap were recently awarded the Community VOICES "Spirit of Compassion" Award for their efforts in passing Jessica's Law in Massachusetts. Jessica's Law, which now exists in 44 states, toughens sex offender laws by creating mandatory minimum sentencing for convicted sex offenders who prey on children.

Former Middlesex District Attorney Michael Chinman, the first prosecutor in Massachusetts to successfully indict and prosecute a case under Jessica's Law in October 2009, was also awarded.

Community VOICES, a Massachusetts' victims' rights organization, raises awareness of child sexual abuse, missing and exploited children and Internet predators.

Upon receiving the award, Stacie Rumenap expressed gratitude for the work that Community VOICES has done. "Thanks to groups like Community Voices who combat the exploitation of children, and work to ensure public safety, Massachusetts' communities are safer. Mark Lunsford and I are honored to accept the Spirit of Compassion Award. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Community Voices to keep Massachusetts' families safe from child predators."

Community VOICES also honored the Littleton Massachusetts Police Department with the Community VOICES "Jeffrey Curley Dedicated Service" Award for their exemplary performance in 2009 that prevented the abduction of a 12-year old Littleton girl by Daniel O'Brien who traveled to Littleton from Virginia after meeting the young girl on the Internet. O'Brien was convicted of attempted kidnapping and child endangerment in June of 2010.

The award is named in honor of Jeffrey Curley, who was murdered in 1997, and was presented by his father Robert Curley.

The event was attended by U.S. Senator Scott Brown, Massachusetts Senator Richard Ross and Representative Jim Arciero.

SCP congratulates Laurie Myers, President of Community VOICES, Debbie Savoia Vice President and Sandy DiBacco, Treasurer, for all their great work on the event, and for their efforts to keep Massachusetts' families safe from child predators.

The awards were presented during the Community VOICES Awards ceremony at the Doubletree Hotel in Waltham, Massachusetts on October 15.