Establish Support Groups for survivors of rape. Approached Duluth City Council regarding a facility to house the Center.
Received 501(c)(3) tax exempt, charitable status. Began volunteer fundraising efforts.
Establish Gwinnett Rape Crisis board of directors. GRC headquartered in basement of volunteer Ann Smiley’s home. Work began on bylaws. Incorporated in October 1987. Established 24-hour “on call” service and monthly meetings for continuing education of volunteers.
Ann Smiley led the charge to create a Rape Crisis Center for Gwinnett County. She called meetings with community leaders, Gwinnett Hospital, police department and members of the media. Put plans in progress for recruiting and training volunteers.
Dr. Cora Salvino responded to the emergency department of Gwinnett Hospital to treat a patient who was violently raped and beaten. Dr. Salvino requested a hospital volunteer, Ann Smiley, stay with the victim until admission was completed. Upon learning that no rape crisis services existed in the community, Ms. Smiley set out to change the conditions, practices, and standards of care for persons victimized by crimes of sexual assault.
Established financial responsibility for rape examinations in Gwinnett County to be billed to the County and not the victim. Establish need of a Rape Crisis Group in Gwinnett County.