CRISIS LINE

OUR STORY

 

“That is simply not acceptable.  We can do much better.”
– Ann Smiley, founder Gwinnett Rape Crisis (1986)

 

About Mosaic Georgia

Founded in 1986 as Gwinnett Rape Crisis to provide support to victims through a crisis line and accompaniment through forensic medical exams (aka, “rape kit” exam), Mosaic Georgia is a ‘dual services’ center with specialized services for children, teens, and adults. We provide free, confidential support and services to victims and survivors of rape, sexual assault, and child sexual molestation and abuse. We work with survivors of all genders regardless of when the violence occurred and whether they choose to report. Support to children and their non-offending caregivers are offered with care.

A Timeline of Hope: From Now To Then

 

From now to then, each piece of Mosaic’s history comes together to form a place of safety, health and justice for those victimized by sexual assault.

2018
2018

New Name and Identity, Mosaic Georgia, is Unveiled In October 2018

2018

New Leadership Puts Bold Plan in Place

In March 2018, an expanded board of directors named Marina Sampanes Peed as the new executive director. Building on the foundation of excellence and commitment to victims and survivors laid by Founder Ann Smiley and long-time leader Ann Burdges, the board and staff of GSAC expand capacity to serve more children, teens and adults affected by sexual violence.

2013
2013

Moved from “the little house” to 5,000-square-foot building in Duluth

2012
2012

Awarded grant to provide legal services for victims of sexual assault

2009
2009

Launched Professional Training Services Across Georgia

Launched statewide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Training (40 hour didactic course) and Law Enforcement Training on sexual assault

2002
2002

Full Membership with Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia

With a strong multi-disciplinary team in place, GSAC achieved full membership.

2001
2001

Added Counseling Services, New Support Groups

Work toward Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) designation; initiated multi-disciplinary team (MDT) model with law enforcement, DFCS, district attorney, school systems.

1997
1997

Changed Legal Name to Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center, Inc.

The name was changed to indicate services are open to all victims of sexualized violence.

1997

Ann Burdges Named Executive Director

1995
1995

Expansion Project for Children’s Services Begins

Started construction for expansion of children’s services.

1995

Additional Support Groups are Added

Establish support groups for family and friends of rape survivors.

1995

Outreach Program Developed for Middle and High School Students

Develop curriculum program for middle school and high school students addressing safe dating issues.

1993
1993

Acquired Equipment for Medical Facility

1993

Funding Efforts Continue for Construction / Expansion

Continued efforts to secure funding for construction/expansion. Hired three additional forensic nurses; two specialists in pediatric forensic medical evaluation. Founder Ann Smiley passed away, leaving a legacy and admonition to maintain focus on the victim with respect and highest standard of care available. Ann Burdges joined the staff in November 1994.

1993

First Nurses Receive Forensic Medical Training

Two nurses attended Memphis Rape Crisis Center for forensic medical training.

1993

First victim received forensic medical care at the Center

1993

Center Signs Lease with City of Duluth, Research and Fundraising Begins for Expansion

Signed 15-year lease with City of Duluth. Started researching and raising funds for construction of additional space and expansion of services.

1992
1992

Center Explores Requirements for Providing Forensic/Medical Care

Researched requirements to provide forensic/medical care at the Center. Long waits at the hospital emergency department cause distress to victim, require law enforcement presence.

1991
1991

More Counselors are Retained and Counseling Programs are Added

Additional counselors and counseling programs developed as needs for service increased. Volunteer advocates respond to victims at hospital; accompany through exam and interview.

1989
1989

First Office Location Obtained

Signed lease with City of Duluth ($1 per year) for property (vacant ranch-style house) to house the center. Applied for and received CDBG funds for computer equipment.

1988
1988

Support Groups for Survivors of Rape are Established, Center Explores Facility Location

Establish Support Groups for survivors of rape. Approached Duluth City Council regarding a facility to house the Center.

1988

Center Received Charitable Status, Fundraising Efforts Begin

Received 501(c)(3) tax exempt, charitable status. Began volunteer fundraising efforts.

1987
1987

Gwinnett Rape Crisis Establishes Itself with Board of Directors, Bylaws

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.

1986
1986

Ann Smiley Brings Community Stakeholders Together to Create Rape Crisis Center

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.

1985
1985

Ann Smiley is Moved to Change Level of Care Sexual Assault Victims Upon Providing Hospital Volunteer Services to Victim

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.

1985

Gwinnett County Assumes Financial Responsibility for Rape Examinations, Need for Rape Crisis Group in the County is Established

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.