Sex abuse center established in Snellville
SNELLVILLE -- Two city police departments have teamed with counselors and hospital officials to open a care center for Gwinnett victims of sexual assault in Snellville, officials said Wednesday.
Eastside Medical Center, Snellville and Lawrenceville Police Departments, Walton EMC Operation Round Up and Covenant Counseling of Snellville have formed a partnership to establish the center.
The facilities will be housed in the Women's Center of Eastside Medical Center, and will provide victims a private, safe environment for necessary medical and forensic treatment, officials said.
Victims who report to the hospital -- or to any law enforcement agency in Gwinnett -- may be cared for at the Center by the hospital's staff and victim advocates from Covenant Counseling Services.
The hospital has provided a dedicated space and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (or S.A.N.E.) to care for victims.
Officials said the staff is available around the clock, every day of the year, to care for victims. Advocates from Covenant Counseling will be on hand to provide comfort, essential clothing and toiletries at the center, officials said.
A $5000 grant from Operation Roundup, with additional funding from the Lawrenceville Police Department, was used to purchase specialized equipment -- a Culposcope -- for identifying, collecting and documenting evidence used in the prosecution of sexual assaults, officials said.
Snellville police Chief Roy Whitehead called the hospital refuge "a convenient, safe location to serve sexual assault victims."
-- Josh Green