Posted: Tuesday, October 22nd 2013 at 9:30am
Glasbrenner recognized as Rape Response celebrates 25 years
By Ken Stanford Staff
GAINESVILLE - Rape Response celebrated its 25th anniversary Monday night at First Baptist Church on Green Street - and singled out its founder, Wendy Glasbrenner, for special recognition.
Also on hand for the celebration were two past executive directors of Rape Response - Elaine Gerke and Terri Strayhorn, who are still supportive of and involved in the program. Gerke served for three years and Strayhorn, 19.
"Wendy and those two executive directors built quite a legacy and I am privileged to be here today and have their continued support and involvement," current Executive Director Jeanne Buffington said. "We currently have 36 volunteers and two full-time and two part-time staff. All, great women, too."
Buffington added that the volunteers "are critical to our work. We could not provide 24/7 services with them. They are lifeline to survivors as well as Rape Response staff."
Rape Response is a nonprofit agency with 24/7 services for rape survivors ages 13 and older. It serves Dawson, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin and White counties.
The organization's 2011-2012 annual report includes:
• Crisis calls - answered 375
• Face-to-face crisis interventions - supported survivors as they processed the sexual assault, equipped them with essential tools needed on their path to recovery and healing 104
• Hospital accompaniment – supported at the hospital during the sexual assault forensic exam 58
• Follow up calls – extended emotional support to survivors to address ongoing concerns 236
• Aftercare – referred to the health department for continued healthcare paid for by Rape Response 49
• Victim’s compensation fund – referred survivors for information and application regarding reimbursement for medical expenses or counseling costs 26
• Personal advocacy - assisted survivors as they navigated healthcare, law enforcement, criminal justice and other social service agencies 263
• Prevention education - provided to middle school students: 3,460;
high school and college students: 3,868
• Court accompaniment – supported survivors’ for pre-trial activities and trials 34 days
• Collaborations – participated in interagency and professional engagement opportunities to benefit survivors 90 agencies resulting in over 360 referrals
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