Rebecca Bender is the 2015 recipient of the Rogue Gateway Rotary Vocational Services Award.
Nominated by Rotarian Steve Roe, Ms. Bender is a survivor of domestic sex trafficking; an award-winning and internationally recognized speaker; an author; and a survivor/leader in the movement to eradicate modern day slavery.
She works closely with local law enforcement helping to identify victims and traffickers and has made numerous presentations to local service clubs about the danger of sex trafficking in the community. She also has lobbied the Legislature to pass laws and secure funding to address the problem.
Five others were nominated for the prestigious award: Allison McLain, Bill Landis, Dr. Bruce Murray, Ellen Leonard, and Lynn Hughes. Nominees may not be members of Rotary; must have achieved distinction through exceptional leadership, creativity, and/or effort in their profession, business, and/or community service; and must demonstrate high ethical standards, living and working to meet the Rotary Four-Way Test:
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?