Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Dudik announces candidacy for Montana House District 99 (posted March 15, 2012)
Kimberly Dudik is pleased to announce her candidacy for Montana House District 99. Kimberly was born and raised in Frenchtown, Montana. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Montana State University, her law degree from the University of Montana School of Law, and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
She and her husband have chosen to live in Missoula and raise their young children in the same communities where she grew up, enjoying the community and outdoor opportunities that make Missoula such a wonderful place.
Over the past decade, Kimberly has worked to create safer communities and stronger families in Missoula County. This began with her work as a domestic violence advocate, then as a registered nurse, as a small business owner, and finally as an attorney. Kimberly currently works as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Montana protecting children who are in abusive family situations.
“My experiences provide me with the knowledge and skills to make our legislature more effective, responsible, and accountable to the people of Montana. I am hopeful that I can help increase cooperation among our elected officials and work for what is best for all Montanans,” explained Kimberly regarding how her experiences have prepared her to serve in the legislature.
“Wise investments in our lands and people will create healthier communities, a stronger economy, and a better future for all Montanans.”
Kimberly looks forward to expanding her public service to representing the people of Missoula County. “I would be honored to represent the people of Missoula County in the Montana House of Representatives.”
Missoula Mayor John Engen supports Kimberly. “Kimberly Dudik's experience working for some of our community's most vulnerable citizens means she's tough and tenacious, compassionate and caring, thoughtful and decisive. All that combines powerfully to create a person with the right skills to lead in our Legislature. Kimberly has my support and I hope you'll lend yours to this smart, tough, reasonable and energetic public servant as she campaigns for a seat in Montana's House of Representatives.”
Many Missoula and Montana leaders have already endorsed Kimberly Dudik for House District 99, including Montana Senate District 50 Senator Cliff Larsen who is also serving as the campaign treasurer; Missoula Mayor John Engen; Current representative for House District 99 Betsy Hands; Public Service Commissioner and previous representative for House District 99 Gail Gutsche; Missoula City Council Member representing Ward 1 Jason Wiener; Missoula City Council Member representing Ward 2 Cynthia Wolken; Montana House District 97 representative Michele Reinhart; Montana Senate District 47 Senator Ron Erickson; Nancy Erickson; Cynthia Ford; and Janna Gobeo.
You can learn more about Kimberly Dudik and her campaign by visiting https://www.facebook.com/dudikformontana.
Conference at UM aims to empower all to prevent child sexual abuse (Jan. 28, 2012)
Protecting children from sexual abuse subject of Friday workshop (Jan. 25, 2012)
it Now!” Program Director Interview (Posted
Jan. 31, 2012)
Helps Parents Protect Kids From Sex Offenders (Posted Aug. 18, 2011)
forum on child abuse Thursday
(Missoulian Editorial, Published Aug. 17, 2011)
Child sexual abuse is a widespread problem. Children cannot protect
themselves and need the adults in their lives to shield them from predators. On
Aug. 18, Missoula will benefit from the experience of nationally recognized
trainer Cory Jewell Jensen, who will lead a free community forum about
prevention measures that can stop abuse before it occurs.
Nationally, by the time a child reaches 18, one in four girls and one
in six or seven boys have been sexually abused. In Montana there were 98
confirmed victims of child sexual abuse in 2006, 80 confirmed victims in 2008,
and 94 in 2009. And that is only part of the story. Studies conclude that 84
percent of sexual assaults are either not reported or not confirmed. The number
of children who are subjected to sexual abuse is likely much larger.
The toll of child sexual assault victims on our society is difficult
to measure, but it is undisputed that the impacts are far-reaching. Child
victims experience physical, emotional, behavioral and mental health problems
that are difficult to treat. Economically, businesses and the U.S. economy as a
whole are negatively affected, to the tune of tens of billions of dollars every
year. In one year alone, it is estimated that mental health care system costs
associated with child sexual assault exceed $315 million and law enforcement
costs exceed $12 million. Our efforts must be directed toward prevention of
these terrible costs.
Prevention begins with education. Through the combined efforts of the
the Flathead County Children's Advocacy Center, Montana Attorney General's
Office Child Protection Unit, and Missoula County Attorney's Office, grant
funds have been awarded by the Montana Children's Justice Act and generously
supplemented by the Montana Child Sexual Assault Response Team. These funds are
being used to bring co-director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention Cory
Jewell Jensen, M.S., to Missoula from Beaverton, Ore., to lead two educational
Jensen is a nationally known speaker and author. She has worked with
adult sex offenders, provided training and/or consultation to The National
Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, the United States Navy, The Mark
McGwire Children's Foundation and a number of law enforcement and child advocacy
groups. She has testified as an expert witness in state and federal courts,
received a number of crime prevention awards, and been a featured guest of the
Oprah Winfrey Show.
On Aug. 18, Garlington, Lohn & Robinson has graciously opened the
sixth floor of their new building in downtown Missoula to host a community
forum on preventive education. Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock will
provide opening remarks and be followed by Assistant United States Attorney
Cyndee Peterson discussing Internet crimes against children. Jensen will
provide an understanding of the problem and some of the tactics sexual
offenders use to deceive both adults and children.
Offenders are often someone close to the child: a relative, friend, or
one of the volunteers or professionals who come in contact with our children
every day. These are perpetrators whom most parents would never suspect. By
learning about sex offenders, participants will join a growing number of
parents and community members who are better educated about child molestation
and the ways in which we can stop this crime.
While the community forum on Aug. 18 focuses on preventive measures,
on Aug. 19 Jensen will train the professionals who respond to incidents of
child sexual abuse: law enforcement officers, social workers, therapists,
nurses, doctors, attorneys, judges, and others. By sharing her experience,
video-taped interviews with convicted sex offenders, and examining the
etiological and operational facets of child sexual abuse, Jensen will improve
our community's response to incidents of child sexual abuse.
The responsibility for protecting children rests with adults, not our
children. Our community is fortunate to benefit from Jensen's expertise in both
preventing and responding to child sex abuse.
Brett Kelso is coordinator for the Flathead County Children's Advocacy
Center; Kimberly P. Dudik is assistant attorney general in the Child Protection
Unit; and Matthew B. Lowy is Deputy Missoula County Attorney. All three authors
work in the child protection field.
Child predators: Thursday workshop to train parents on protecting kids
(Tuesday, August 16, 2011)
Indigo Gallery: Art and
activism, up front - Local art will benefit children's law center (July 10, 2008)
Dudik’s Montana Supreme Court Cases
Before practicing law as an attorney, Kimberly Dudik clerked for Montana Supreme Court
Justice W. William Leaphart. Since then,
Kimberly has been trying cases in the Montana District Courts, representing the State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in child abuse and neglect cases. Some of those cases have been appealed to the
Montana Supreme Court. All have been
Kimberly has always been a strong advocate of equal rights, nondiscrimination, and upholding our Constitutional rights. This is exemplified in the amicus friend-of-the-court brief that Kimberly co-authored for Snetsinger v. Montana University System, when she was a member of the Women's Law Caucus. In this brief, Kimberly defended the equal protection and dignity contained within the Montana Constitution and how these protected same-gender couples from discrimination.
Here are some of the cases Kimberly has been involved with:
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