Placer CEO on BBC ‘100 Women’ list

Auburn-based group helps domestic violence victims
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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The CEO of a Placer County organization helping survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking has made a list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2018.

The list - compiled by the British Broadcasting Corporation and released this past week - recognizes Jenny Davidson among a diverse group of women that ranges from Chelsea Clinton to New York Stock Exchange president Stacey Cunningham to Noma Dumezweni, the first woman to play the adult version of Hermione Granger in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

Stand Up Placer is a crisis center with locations in Auburn and Roseville that provides a safe house, as well as aid for victims, both male and female. The safe house has 55 beds for women and children - and is rarely not full.

Davidson and her staff also help plan stings with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and Roseville Crime Suppression Unit to reel in human traffickers.

Counseling is also provided at both locations.

“They are never going to be alone if they connect with us,” Davidson told the Journal.

Davidson is one of eight U.S.-born women singled out by the BBC, which is famous for Top 100 lists in a number of areas, including books, movies and food.

“Ranging in age from 15 to 94, and from more than 60 countries, the BBC 100 Women list includes leaders, trailblazers and everyday heroes,” a release from the BBC states.