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Lewisburg man named 1st Champion by national nonprofit

NEWS RELEASE:  LEWISBURG, W.Va.:  Children of Domestic Violence, the world's leading organization focused on building awareness and developing scalable, effective solutions to help children and adults impacted by DV in childhood, just announced the launch of a new recognition called "CDV Champion" and named Roger Lockridge of Lewisburg the first Champion. This distinction is intended to highlight an exceptional person who faced domestic violence as a child, but has broken the cycle as an adult, is working to reach their full potential, and is helping others who were impacted to do the same.

Roger Lockridge is the first man in West Virginia to serve a domestic violence program as a speaking survivor, staff member, and member of the Board of Directors – all for Family Refuge Center. Roger is also well known in the bodybuilding and fitness industry as an award-winning fitness writer for Bodybuilding.com, Iron Man Magazine, and Labrada Nutrition, as well as for his own muscle-building transformation that has been featured all over the world. In addition, he currently works for the Child and Youth Advocacy Center as the Program Coordinator.

"To be recognized as the first CDV Champion is a tremendous honor," Roger says. "The work they do to help children and adults impacted by childhood domestic violence around the world is incredible and making a huge difference for many people. To be associated with such a great group of people is inspiring and I thank CDV for this recognition and for the essential work they do for so many folks."

Roger was recently featured in a Beckley, WV community panel discussion on childhood domestic violence which was part of a local screening by the Women's Resource Center (www.wrcwv.org) of CDV's award-winning documentary film The Children Next Door. Roger has been working collaboratively with CDV over the past year to help elevate community awareness of this silent global epidemic, which is alarmingly low.

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