DALLAS, April, 2013 –“The twilight rapist.” “The abduction and rape of a student athlete. “ “Child sex trafficking.” The chilling titles to three of many case studies presented at the Conference on Crimes Against Women expose the sad and painful reason why more than 1,400 domestic violence advocates gathered at the only national conference of its kind proudly sponsored by The Mary Kay FoundationSM and co-presented by Genesis Women’s Shelter and the Dallas Police Dept.

The 8th annual conference held April 8-10 at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas provided a national forum to share the highest level of training, information and strategies for first-responders and advocates of crimes against women. Not only is the mission of the conference to disseminate information but also to train law enforcement, prosecutors and investigators on cutting-edge investigative techniques and resources taught by the most recognized experts in their fields.

“I know that because of this conference, somewhere here in this country, a cold case sexual assault will be solved or a crime of domestic violence will be investigated through different eyes,” said Jan Langbein, Executive Director of Genesis Women’s Shelter. “I have to believe women are safer today because of the conference’s efforts to train, teach and raise knowledge and best practices regarding ending violence against women.

In addition to sponsoring and supporting the Conference on Crimes Against Women, The Mary Kay FoundationSM has also focused on the prevention and elimination of domestic violence through programs such as The Mary Kay FoundationSM shelter grant program, which has provided millions in funding to domestic violence shelters in all 50 states. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded $31 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention while raising awareness of the issue.

“My grandmother, Mary Kay Ash, started her company 50 years ago with a vision to enrich women’s lives and give back to the community,” said Karen Rogers, member of the board of directors for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. “By sponsoring this conference for the seventh year, we are continuing her mission and seeing first-hand how responders are armed with the most effective, relevant and up-to-date training available to battle this worldwide epidemic of domestic violence. “

About The Mary Kay FoundationSM
The Mary Kay FoundationSM was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded $31 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $18 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay FoundationSM, please visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

About Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support

Genesis Women's Shelter and Support offers a free, comprehensive continuum of care for women and children who have suffered unspeakable violence in their own homes. Serving North Texas for 28 years, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support is dedicated to ending the epidemic of domestic violence in the community by providing safety, shelter, counseling, and case management to the more than 1,000 women and children who seek recovery and strength at Genesis each year. Genesis is also committed to preventing abuse by raising the level of community awareness regarding the pervasiveness and effects of family violence. For more information, visit www.genesisshelter.org.