Rape Response Annual Report 2020

RaperesponseGA

ANNUAL REPORT OCT. 2019 - SEPT. 2020

Published February 2021

A PERSONAL NOTE FROM BILINGUAL

ADVOCATE, LAURA RODRIGUEZ

I remember March 13th, 2020 as if it were yesterday;

news declaring a state of emergency due to the COVID-

19 pandemic. The unknown was frightening. Survivors

were already dealing with the trauma they experienced

& COVID-19 added layers of new struggles unrelated to

their sexual trauma. Survivors who were sick with

COVID-19 had increased expenses due to having the virus, their hours were

cut or lost their jobs. These families were wrestling with how to feed their

children, pay rent or make it to the end of the month without going hungry or

becoming homeless. As an agency, with help from new & existing community

partners & donors, we were able to step up & help our survivors. (See

enclosure)

Mission

Rape Response serves as a

system of support, advocacy

& education providing services

to the community & survivors

of sexual assault while

safeguarding the dignity of

each person served.

Our role as advocates is to provide support, crisis intervention,

accompaniment with medical, judicial & law enforcement, counseling,

information & advocacy for survivors of sexual trauma, helping them to feel

less alone & more empowered as they work towards healing. One day we

were advocates working in an office, the next we were working from home,

providing emotional support to survivors, finding resources & services to meet

increased needs while homeschooling our own children & dealing with empty

supermarket shelves, trying to maintain our own sanity & keep our families

safe. On March 13th, our role expanded to include supporting survivors to

meet emergency needs that arose due to the pandemic. We worked tirelessly

to ensure that families had access to resources to meet their basic needs. As

an agency, we succeeded in supporting survivors through uncertain times. I

am glad to report some survivors returned to work & are doing better.

However, COVID-19 is still negatively affecting many of the families we serve.

We continue to provide support to those healing from sexual trauma & we

remain aware of additional challenges due to the pandemic. Adapting to the

new reality has not been easy. But, because of the struggles, we’ve been able

to see more than just a job title in our peers. I believe that as professionals &

as a community, we have grown. I saw selflessness & compassion from our

community as they went above & beyond to support our survivors. We created

new & stronger partnerships with many agencies because we saw the

vulnerability of one another & of the ongoing needs of survivors. I believe we

all became more caring & thoughtful in 2020. My hope is that 2021 will help us

continue to grow professionally & personally & that our faithful support of one

another will provide encouragement as we move forward in our work.

The Copyright Office of the

United States warranted

copyright protection for the Let’s

Talk© programs created by RR,

deeming the programs were

informative & provided

education, outreach &

awareness to adolescents &

adults. Let’s Talk© consists of

programs for middle & high

school students, at-risk youth,

parents & educators.

"All of you are blessings to

people who have been

through what I went

through. I am so glad

someone was there and

able to talk to me when I

called."

Survivor

Free & Confidential - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 770-503-7273 or 1-800-721-1999 www.raperesponse.com


MORE THAN A CRISIS LINE...

Rape Response is a nonprofit agency providing 24/7 services to sexual assault

survivors, ages 13 & older, in Dawson, Forsyth, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin &

White counties. Advocacy in action for fiscal year 2019-2020 included:

710 survivors & their loved ones were supported by

RRI staff & volunteers

515 New Crisis Calls & 5,010 Follow Up Crisis

Calls provided survivors with information, resources

& emotional support to address sexual trauma

Our Licensed Professional Counselor provided 707

Individual Therapy sessions & facilitated 50

Support Group sessions

Advocates supported survivors during 309 Crisis

Intervention sessions, equipping them with

essential tools needed on their path to healing

Personal Advocacy helped survivors to navigate

health care, law enforcement, criminal justice, Title IX

& other social service agencies 5,069

Information & Referrals connected survivors to

community resources for continued support &

healing 1,048

Court Accompaniment supported survivors during

trial & court proceedings 98 days

Medical Accompaniment Due to COVID-19 restrictions,

advocates were not able to provide in person support to

every survivor so, NGMC Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

(SANE) connected us with survivors after each Forensic

Medical Exam 55

Aftercare Referrals & Information offered survivors

health care exams for STI's; paid for by RRI & provided by

local health departments 55

Let's Talk © Programs were provided to 12,326 middle

school students, 2,019 high school students, 16 students in

special education classrooms, 135 at-risk youth, 70 parents

& 39 educators

College Advocacy & Outreach was provided at 59 events

to 2,748 students, faculty & staff at 6 colleges/universities

across 8 campuses

Collaborations participated in interagency engagement

opportunities to benefit survivors with 90 agencies & over

8,600 participants

Spring 2020 Volunteer Training

Top L-R: Angelica Martin, Dominique Allen,

Susan Hosford, Jannet Q-King, Quiniyah

Rucker; Bottom L-R: Samie Smith, Gale

Adams & Kayla Garbutt

CURRENT VOLUNTEER ROSTER

Dominique Allen

Melissa Conti

Marjorie Cunningham

Nancy Dickinson

Ashlynn Echols

Jaira Falcon*

Susan Hosford

Abby Kelly

Angelica Martin*

Susan Medrow

Kelly Peter

Jannet Quackenbush-King

Crystal Reitsma*

Lauren Ringwall

Stephanie Roberts

Quiniyah Rucker

Investigator Richard Stein teaching

incoming RRI volunteers about the

investigation process & how

volunteers can support survivors.

*Spanish Speaker

Adriana Sanchez

Aiesha Smith

Ashley Smith

Samie Smith

Taylor Sorrells

Jillian Underwood

Emerald Williams

Fall 2019 Volunteer Training

L-R: Jillian Underwood, Susan Medrow,

Laura Rodriguez, Adriana Sanchez, Gale

Adams, Emerald Williams, Taylor Sorrells,

Lauren Ringwall

CRISIS CALL RESPONDERS

Kalia Jordan

Addrienne Session

Sarah Strzemienski

Ashley Sullins

*Crisis Call Responders are experienced volunteers

who contract with RRI to provide crisis line back up

on nights, weekends & holidays.


EVENTS AND UPDATES

NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Welcome our newest Rape Response

Board Members! Pictured L-R: Amanda

Lammers, Vice President for Student

Services from Brenau University;

Natasha Alvarado, RN-SANE from

Northeast Georgia Medical Center &

Deputy Chief Kevin Gaddis at

Gainesville Police Department.

BOARD MEMBERS

Top L-R: Carol Martin, Melissa King, Leigh

Stallings-Wood, Sally Walden-Crowe, Monica

Hayman, Amanda Lammers, Kevin Gaddis, Chris

Gailey, John Walden, Jeremy Perry, Sean

McCusker, Trey Wood; Bottom L-R: Laura Major,

Alyson Paul, Debbie Edwards, Ashton Meeks,

Natasha Alvarado, Wanda Vance, Shelly Martin &

Jeanne Buffington.

Not pictured: Kris Brown, Gail Lane Seabolt, Carol

Shirley, Elisabeth Vaughan & Camille Viera

INTERNS

Fall 2020 Interns

L-R: Stephanie Roberts (Georgia

State University) & Abby Kelley

(University of North Georgia)

"Thank you so much. You moved her dad to tears how helpful & caring you are."

Mother of a survivor

Free & Confidential - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 770-503-7273 or 1-800-721-1999 www.raperesponse.com


JUNIOR LEAGUE

DONATION

This year, RRI became an official

partner agency with the Diaper Bank

of North Georgia, run by The Junior

League of Gainesville-Hall County.

This partnership allows us to order

free diapers each quarter to share

with the survivors we serve.

NEW STAFF

Meet our newest staff members:

Rebeca Ruelas (left) is the new

Volunteer Program Director & Kylie

McGuire (right) is our new Outreach &

Awareness Advocate. Welcome!

RAPE RESPONSE STAFF

Top L-R: Kylie McGuire, Erica Autry,

Rebeca Ruelas, Phoenix Garland,

Jeanne Buffington, Laura Rodriguez;

Bottom L-R: Angel Jackson, Ariel

Donaldson & Jen Tarnowski

We are so proud of the survivors we serve & feel honored to walk with them

on their healing journey.

"There was a time when I truly

believed that the sexual assaults I

had endured were somehow my

fault. I lived in a constant state of

shame, guilt, and fear."

"Somebody hugged me & told me that

it was going to be okay for the

first time. The ladies at RR showed me

that while my past was

shattered, my future could be whole."

Sam, a survivor supported by RRI,

pictured with Advocacy Director Jen

Tarnowski (right)

*Survivor's name & picture shared with permission


DONOR FAMILY

Grants

Criminal Justice Coordinating

Council/State

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

Habersham EMC Foundation, Inc.

Junior League of Gainesville - Hall

County

North Georgia Community

Foundation Impact Grant

North Georgia Community

Foundation COVID-19 Relief

Emergency Grant

Sexual Assault Services Program

(SASP)

The MFS Foundation Fund at the

North Georgia Community

Foundation

The Nathan-Schrage Fund at the

North Georgia Community

Foundation

United Way:

Dawson, Forsyth, Greater Atlanta,

Habersham, Hall & White County

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)

Churches

First Presbyterian Church♥

Grace Episcopal Church♥

Local Government

Gainesville, Habersham, Hall,

Lumpkin & White (5% Funds)

Hall County Government

Business & Community

Organizations

Adults Protecting Children♥

CABDEM Enterprises

I.S Consulting*

Kroger

Network For Good - Facebook

donations

Pinkaloo Charitable

TLC Childcare♥

Thaddeus M. Garland, MD, LLC♥

Honorariums

Harry Chapman♥ in honor of Sean

McCusker, Jeff & Jen Tarnowski

Miles & Sharon Coker♥ in honor of

Jeanne Buffington

Julia & John Cromartie♥ in honor

of Wendy Glasbrenner

Garrett Davis in honor of Brandon

Davis

Harrison Figura in honor of Lillian

June Figura ♥

Karen Hewitt & Tommy Smith♥ In

honor of Brianna Burgess

Sheriff Janis Mangum in honor of

Margaret & Pam Ward

Steve & Kittie Ross♥ in honor of

Jeanne Buffington, Terri Comer,

Evette Dale, Tammy Green, Lisa

Lyle, Zack Murry, Kathy Palmer,

Lucy Seabolt, Elaine Wade, Kay

Walker & Amy Wethington

Marta Shelton in honor of Wendy

Glasbrenner

Individuals

Anonymous♥

Adams♥

Gale

Sheryl Barrett

Biondi♥

Danielle

John & Broaddus♥

Jane

Ellen Corinne Briggs

Kristine Brown*

Pat & Ron Brown*

Wanda ♥ Bryant

Sherry Bryant*

Buffington♥

Jeanne

David & Burroughs♥

Margie

Abigail Carter*

Linda Chandler*

Kelly Claudon*

Steve & Collins♥

Karen

Miles & Coker♥

Sharon

Cole♥

Susan

Sheriff Couch♥

Gerald

Daniel♥

Jefferey

Tina De Waart

Oscar B. Jr.♥ Fears,

Ron & Fritchley♥

Martha

Frost♥

Karen

Kayla Garbutt*

Glasbrenner♥

Wendy

Hayman♥

Monica

Hewitt♥

Karen

Hosford♥

Susan

David & Hughs♥

Shannon

Ginger Imperiale

Angel & Bernard Jackson*

Carol Jackson

Kaylar Jackson

Tomika Jackson*

Melissa King

Nicole Klein*

Jessica Ledbetter

Laura Major♥

Shori Maglio

Darren & Shelly Martin♥

Carol Martin♥

Sean McCusker♥

Ashton Meeks♥

Felton Melton

Alyson Paul♥

Jeremy Perry♥

Judith Reece♥

Joe & Caryl Roark♥

Rhett & Amy Roark

Laura & Marco Rodriguez*

Dorothy Russ

Karen Russ

Lucy Seabolt

Laurie Spiess♥

William Smith

Leigh Stallings-Wood

Stacy & Rick Stetson♥

Jen & Jeff Tarnowski*♥

Vince Tillirson

Linda Townley♥

Wanda Vance♥

Elisabeth Vaughan

Camille Viera♥

John & Janet Walden♥

Sally Walden-Crowe♥

Taylor Ward*

Steve & Lisa Warwick

Heather Welborn*

Laura & Bobby Staub

Stott Williams♥

Sally Wise

Trey Wood♥

Memorials

Karen Hewitt & Tommy Smith♥ in

memory of Brianna Burgess

Steve & Kittie Ross♥ in memory

of Helen Ross & Hazel

Propes

James Sargent♥ in memory of

Constance M. Sargent

♥ Donors giving $100 or more

* In-kind goods or service


Thanks to generous donors and grant support, RRI was able to provide food

boxes, diapers, formula, hygiene products, household items, rent & utilities to

survivors in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. PPE & cleaning supplies were

also donated, enabling RRI advocates to safely support survivors.

"I am more than blessed

and thankful. I do not have

words to thank you all for

what you have done for my

children and me. God will

recompense you big,

because HIS word says it:

you give to the poor and

you are giving to God. God

is using you to bless

others."

Survivor after receiving

a food box

Partnerships, Donors & Grant Support

During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Amerigroup

Chestnut Mountain Church & Preschool

Chattahoochee Baptist Association

Chicopee Woods Baptist Church

Department of Public Health

Dorca's Place

Edmondson Telford Center

Family Promise of Hall County

First Baptist of Gainesville

Gainesville Methodist Church

Gateway Domestic Violence Center

Georgia Mountain Food Bank

Georgia Mountain YMCA

Goods 360

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Grant

Good News Clinic

Grace Episcopal Church

Hispanic Alliance

Humane Society of Northeast Georgia

Lake Lanier Association

Lamp Ministries

No One Alone (NOA) Domestic Violence

Center

North Georgia Community Foundation

COVID-19 Relief Emergency Grant

North Georgia Diaper Bank

North Georgia Food Bank

Old Fourth Distillery

Period.org

Saint Vincent De Paul

The Place of Forsyth

TLC Daycare

United Way of Hall County

University of North Georgia

Health Clinic

Individuals:

Anonymous Donors

Gale Adams

Sherry Bryant

Abigail Carter

Linda Chandler

Kelly Claudon

Kayla Garbutt

David & Shannon Hughs

Angel & Bernard Jackson

Nicole Klein

Laura & Marco Rodriguez

Stacy & Rick Stetson

Jen & Jeff Tarnowski

Taylor Ward

Heather Welborn

It is a privilege to work alongside dedicated staff, volunteers, collaborative & community partners

through all of the pandemic ups & downs. As our lives are disrupted, as we meet new challenges &

as we continue to deliver 24/7 services to survivors of sxual assault, I want to say Thank You for the

role you play in the work we do each day!


PRESENTATIONS AND

COLLABORATIONS

Amerigroup

Adults Protecting Children

Beautiful Feet

Caminar Latino

Children's Center for Hope and Healing

Circle of Hope Domestic Violence Center

Colleges: Lanier Technical College & North

Georgia Technical College

Cumming Women's Center

Department of Family & Children’s Services

District Two Public Health

District Attorney & Solicitor’s Offices

Domestic Violence Task Forces: Dawson,

Forsyth, Hall, Lumpkin & Mountain

Edmonson Telford Center

Earnest Love, Inc.

Family Connections

Family Haven of Forsyth

Forsyth Chamber of Commerce

Forsyth County Child Sexual Abuse

Prevention Initiative

Gainesville First United Methodist Church

Preschool

Gateway Academy

Gateway Domestic Violence Center

Georgia Legal Services

Georgia Mountain Food Bank

Girl Power 2020

Good News Clinic

Good Shepherd Church Youth Group

Habersham Chamber of Commerce

Hall & Forsyth County Juvenile Courts

Hall County Rotary

Hispanic Alliance

Humane Society of Northeast Georgia

MedLink

No One Alone (NOA)

North Georgia Diaper Bank

North Georgia Community Foundation

(NGCF)

North Georgia Pregnancy Service Center

One Love

Period.org

Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC)

Ser Familia

Saint Luke’s Catholic Church

Saint Pius High School

School Systems in Dawson, Forsyth,

Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin & White Counties

Sheriff’s Offices & Police Departments

South Enotah Child Advocacy Center

The Wild Flower Organization

United Way

Universities: Brenau, Piedmont, Truett

McConnell & University of North Georgia

BRITTANY PIRRELLO

DAWSON FAMILY NIGHT

PHOENIX GARLAND AT

VOLUNTEER TRAINING


P. O. Box 2883 • Gainesville, Georgia 30503 • www.raperesponse.com

770-503-7273 • CRISIS Line Outside Hall County 1-800-721-1999 • Fax 678-928-4209

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ORGANIZATION

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Gainesville, GA 30501

Permit #82

Dawson*Forsyth*Habersham*Hall*White

FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

REVENUE – $777,278

United Ways

$44,731

Federal/State Grants

$595,953

County Government

$34,375

Donors, Events & In-Kind

$98,911

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Executive Committee 2021

President

Vice President

Past President

Secretary

Treasurer

Melissa King

Sally Walden-Crowe

Sean McCusker

Leigh Stallings-Wood

Jeremy Perry

Members-at-Large

EXPENSES – $741,543

Administration

$54,691

Survivor Services & Outreach

$686,852

Natasha Alvarado

Kris Brown

Wanda Bryant*

Debbie Edwards

Kevin Gaddis

Chris Gailey

Monica Hayman

Amanda Lammers

Gail Lane-Seabolt

Laura Major

*Rotated off board

Free & Confidential - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 770-503-7273 or 1-800-721-1999

Carol Martin

Shelly Martin

Ashton Meeks

Alyson Paul

Carol Shirley

Wanda Vance

Elisabeth Vaughan*

Camille Viera

Sally Walden-Crowe

John Walden*

Trey Wood

www.raperesponse.com

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