Rape Victim Advocates is honored to announce a generous grant from Jean Cozier to expand our Counseling and Communications staffing!
Jean Cozier is a longtime Rape Victim Advocates supporter who has an extensive history within the anti-rape movement. She is the founder of The Awakenings Foundation, a private operating foundation created in 2010, whose mission is to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of rape and sexual abuse. She also founded the Judith Dawn Memorial Fund for the Arts, which awards a total of $5,000 yearly to survivors who wish to pursue the creative arts as a means of healing and empowerment.
The Awakenings Foundation, incorporated in 2010, contains the only known permanent collection of artwork created solely by survivors of rape and sexual abuse, as well as rotating exhibits from featured artist/survivors. The Gallery also hosts performances and partnered events with other organizations who share the Awakenings Foundation’s mission.
Jean is the author of “Dear Judith”, which tells Judith’s story through their shared correspondence. She is also an accomplished writer and producer of film and video, and has received several scriptwriting awards for a series of training programs for Motorola Cellular on diversity training and sexual harassment. Jean is also a talented pianist and trained vocalist, having performed in several local a cappella choirs and numerous open mic nights. Jean has been married since 1976 to Ernie Webb, and is currently busy working on an illustrated poetry collection entitled “Heavy Metal: A Song of Healing.”
Jean Cozier has been a friend and supporter of RVA since 1999, and in 2009 she partnered with RVA to present “The Art of Survival,” an art exhibition showcasing her personal collection of artwork created by survivors of rape and sexual abuse. An original artwork, entitled “Seeds to the Wind”, created by Jean’s cousin Judith Dawn Hickey, is currently on display at RVA’s central office.
We are deeply grateful to Jean for her lifetime commitment to survivors of sexual violence, and to enabling RVA to provide hope and healing for so many more through her generosity and partnership.