February 25, 2013
Diane Moyer is Legal Director for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, founded in 1975; the Coalition has a network of 51 rape crisis programs that provide services to every county in the Commonwealth. Since 1996, Ms. Moyer has been working to advance PCAR’s mission to advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault. Ms. Moyer has appeared in numerous media outlets, from New York talk shows to local PBS stations, and from the Washington Post to the Weekly Reader. Ms. Moyer has won the Victim Advocacy Award from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and the Leadership Award from the Victim Rights Law Center. Through her work on the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, Ms. Moyer has worked tirelessly to ensure that federal legislation addresses civil legal needs of victims of sexual assault as well as to ensure parity in funding for service providers in rape crisis programs. At the state level, Ms. Moyer has worked to increase penalties for drug induced rape, to extend the civil statute of limitations for child victims of sexual abuse, to create a standardized rape kit for the Commonwealth and to create a statewide plan for the community supervision and management of sex offenders. As a faculty member of the Aequitas a national prosecutor training institute, Ms. Moyer helped to develop the curricula and continues to train prosecutors nationwide on the prosecution of non-stranger rape. Ms. Moyer is a graduate of Dickinson College and the New England School of Law. Ms. Moyer joined NCVLI’s Board of Directors in 2011.
Why did you first get interested in working with NCVLI and victims’ rights?
I cannot recall how I got involved with NCVLI, but I am sure it had something to do with the persuasive powers of Professor Beloof.
What motivates you to do the work on the Board?
I believe that NCVLI shares my core values of not resting until victims’ rights have the same cultural support as defendant’s rights in the nation. We have made great strides in public policy over the decades, but the enforcement of victims’ rights still requires the quality and integrity of the staff at NCVLI.
What attracted you to Board service generally?
It is an honor to be a part of a more global effort to make victims’ rights a core value in the community, with prosecution, law enforcement and the courts. The staff of NCVLI and its superb leader, Meg Garvin, bring passion, expertise and commitment to this work.