On Thursday evening, area agencies and residents gathered for an awards ceremony honoring those who advocate for victims of sexual assault, as well as hold offenders accountable.

On Thursday evening, area agencies and residents gathered for an awards ceremony honoring those who advocate for victims of sexual assault, as well as hold offenders accountable.

A candlelight vigil and survivor's testimony also were part of the program held on the Pottawatomie County Courthouse steps.

Award recipients were:

• Dr. Kanwal Obhrai, a Shawnee physician — Community Crusader

• Vanessa Parsons, of One Safe Place Child Advocacy Center — Lincoln County Advocate of the Year

• Alan Smith, McLoud Police Department — Pottawatomie County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

• Haley Wright, Shawnee Police Department — Pottawatomie County Dispatcher of the Year

• Rachel Rucker, Project Safe — Pottawatomie County Advocate of the Year