DATE: January 29, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Miriam Firpo-Jimenez, Nancy J. Cotterman Center
The Broward County Sexual Assault Treatment Center will be formally renamed the Nancy J. Cotterman Center during a ceremony on Thursday, January 31, at 2 p.m., at 400 N.E. Fourth St., Fort Lauderdale.
Many elected officials, including Broward County Commissioners Lois Wexler, Dale V.C. Holness and Stacy Ritter, will be gathering along with the State Attorney, Sheriff and police chiefs from across the County to address the issue of child abuse investigations and honor the memory of a former child advocate in the renaming of the Sexual Assault Treatment Center.
Program highlights will include:
- Remarks by Commissioner Wexler
- Signing of the Community Commitment to Coordinated Child Abuse Investigations by community partners including State Attorney Michael Satz and Broward Sheriff Scott Israel
- Reflections on Nancy Cotterman's Legacy
- Unveiling of the new Nancy J. Cotterman Center sign
Nancy Cotterman was a leader at Broward County's Sexual Assault Treatment Center for more than a decade. She was known as a dedicated advocate for helping those in need, especially child and adult victims of sexual and physical abuse. She received numerous awards for her excellent work over the years, including the 2011 Broward Victim’s Rights Coalition’s “Janita Lee Award for Victim Assistance.” Cotterman passed away on June 2, 2012, after a yearlong illness. She was 58 years old.
The former Sexual Assault Treatment Center was founded in 1977 as a partnership between Broward County, the State Attorney’s Office and law enforcement to improve and enhance the quality of life for victims of sexual assault and child abuse. Services provided by the center include 24/7 crisis intervention, sexual and physical abuse counseling, child protection team services and sexual violence prevention education.
For more information on the Nancy J. Cotterman Center, visit broward.org/HumanServices, click SEXUAL ASSAULT.