Thursday, June 17, 2004

Profile of a CAVNET Member: Gail Abarbanel

Gail Abarbanel is the founder and director of the nationally recognized Rape Treatment Center (RTC)at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Founded in 1974, the RTC has provided treatment for over 20,000 sexual assault victims, pioneered model programs for victim care that are used across the country, produced award-winning educational films and written materials that are distributed nationwide, and created prevention programs for middle-school and high school children and a national campus rape program that reaches colleges throughout the United States. Ms. Abarbanel has authored publications on rape and rape treatment; provided training for schools, medical, mental health, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies; provided expert testimony in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings. She has authored landmark legislation to give victims legal rights and protections in the criminal justice system and served served as a consultant to the entertainment industry, including television shows such as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, ER, NYPD Blue, and Chicago Hope. She has appeared on many television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, and Good Morning America. Ms. Abarbanel also founded Stuart House, an internationally recognized model program designed to meet the special needs of sexually abused children. Ms. Abarbanel serves on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women and as a member of CAVNET's Advisory Board.


Blogger Nancey Maegerlein said...

I am a new member and am very impressed with the work on-going to help children deal with a major trauma in their life. I am a scientist and look at chemical and mechanical failures in order to investigate the cause of teh failure. In addition my job requires me to provide a solution to insure the problem does not reoccur. When my grandchild started sufering sexual molestation from her own mother - I found out how helpless society has made us. I am now a major advocate of working for the children.

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