• Help Us End Sexual Assault in Georgia

    GNESA provides resources to those in need and education on ways to help bring an end to sexual assault. Learn More about GNESA >

Home

Announcements

When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Georgia Network To End Sexual Assault. To support us every time you shop, bookmark this link:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/58-2108944

 

 

News

COVID-19 Update 

 

The Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA) has been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local governments regarding the continuing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). As our communities prepare for the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), sexual assault programs are preparing as well. The health, safety and well-being of survivors, sexual assault center staff, volunteers and community members are our focus.

 

GNESA staff will be working remotely until further notice; however, we will continue working on a daily basis to support survivors through supporting sexual assault centers statewide. We understand that this is a challenging time for survivors and the centers that support them. Communities as well as centers may have to find creative ways to support survivors during this time. GNESA supports our centers efforts in navigating this challenging terrain.

 

At this time, GNESA has cancelled or rescheduled our in-person trainings, meetings and technical assistance projects to decrease the risk of infection. We will continue to operate through online services, email and phone calls. Please feel free to reach out to us via 404-815-5261 or info@gnesa.org for more information.

 

To find a local program near you, please click here or call RAINN at 800-656-4673. For urgent matters, please call 911.

 

For victim service programs, click here to check out our COVID-19 resource page.

 

 

United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund  Please call 1-866-211-9966 to find local resources for help with rent, bills and food.

 

 
______________________________________________________________________________________
 
It has come to the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault’s (GNESA) attention recently, correspondence from a business promoting the use of do-it-yourself (DIY), at-home sexual assault evidence collection kits have been distributed throughout various states. GNESA is writing to express our continued concern for these over-the-counter rape test kits. Despite the national COVID-19 pandemic, we object to any promotion, sale, free distribution, or use of the DIY sexual assault evidence kit for the following reasons:
 
● The medical forensic exam comprises significantly more than evidence collection. Exams focus on the health and well-being of the survivor. No aspect of the DIY kit addresses pregnancy, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention, or the short- or long-term physical and mental health consequences that result from sexual violence victimization.
● DIY kits discourage the survivor from seeking critical health care and advocacy services.
● DIY kits are falsely marketed as an easy way to collect “evidence” when no reason exists to believe the “evidence” collected would be admissible in a court of law.
● The Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A. §17-5-72) states that: A victim shall have the right to have a free forensic medical examination regardless of whether the victim participates in the criminal justice system or cooperates with law enforcement in pursuing prosecution of the underlying crime. A victim (patient) “shall not be required to pay, directly or indirectly, for the cost of a forensic medical examination. The cost of a forensic medical examination shall be paid for by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Crime Victims Compensation program (https://cjcc.georgia.gov/victimscompensation). The Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner shall maintain chain of custody of all forensic evidence until all evidence is turned over to the receiving law enforcement agency (unless other arrangements are made based on a community’s protocols or procedures). We believe in a victim centered approach in supporting survivors. This support includes but not limited to appropriate medical, victim advocacy and law enforcement services provided by trained professionals. Survivors deserve no less.
 
Despite the challenges that COVID-19 presents, a patient who has experienced sexual assault—like any person experiencing a health emergency—will have access to the examination and treatment they need. Sexual Assault Nurse/Forensic Examiner (SANE) programs are open and caring for patients, adapting the location and delivery of care as needed. SANEs/SAFEs are working closely and collaboratively with emergency departments, advocacy, and law enforcement to ensure the patient knows where to receive care. Clinicians have a responsibility to remove barriers to care for all patient populations across the lifespan. During this moment of the national pandemic, we must continue to express fidelity to patients by ensuring essential access to trauma-informed medical care and justice for patients who experience violence. We find it unconscionable that companies are taking advantage of this national emergency to create barriers to critical medical care by promoting incorrect, misleading, and potentially harmful information. If you have any questions or concerns you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact GNESA at (404) 815-5261 or email at jbivins@gnesa.org.
______________________________________________________________________________________
 

Training Spotlight

DUE TO COVID 19, MOST IN-PERSON TRAININGS HAVE BEEN CONVERTED TO LIVE ONLINE TRAININGS. THESE TRAININGS WILL TAKE PLACE VIRTUALLY AND WILL REQUIRE PARTICIPATION DURING THE ENTIRE TRAINING. AS THE CURRENT HEALTH CRISIS IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING, GNESA WILL FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND WILL MAKE CHANGES TO TRAINING IF/WHEN NECCESSARY. SOME TRAININGS REQUIRE IN-PERSON LEARNING AND WE WILL OFFER THOSE TRAININGS ONCE WE FEEL THAT IT IS SAFE TO DO SO. PLEASE CONTACT GNESA WITH ANY QUESTIONS.

 

Please click on the training page to see upcoming training opportunities.

 

Opportunities

Job Opening

 

Please send a resume and cover letter to dstafford@gnesa.org.

 

Marginalized Outreach Coordinator

Full Time (40- hour/week)

Salary Range: $45,000 to $50,000 annually depending on qualifications.

Benefits include medical and dental insurance as well as paid leave.

 

Job Summary and Purpose

Marginalized Outreach Coordinator – Provides statewide technical assistance, training, support and consultation to sexual assault centers, sexual assault response teams, multidisciplinary teams and communities who are providing direct services to underserved and marginalized populations. The Marginalized Outreach Coordinator will be the statewide resource to sexual assault centers and communities in ensuring Evidence Based practices including trauma-informed care in providing support and services to underserved and marginalized populations. This professional will build a strong community partnership with underserved and marginalized communities and maintains ongoing collaboration with those communities and service providers to ensure relevant services for survivors. Through these collaborations, GNESA will have greater access to underserved and marginalized populations in need of services and support from sexual assault centers. GNESA will facilitate conversations, trainings, consultation and insight for sexual assault centers and community members from underserved and marginalized populations to provide empowerment-based advocacy and supportive services. This professional provides support and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence who belong to underserved populations, through cultural humility and responsiveness informed trainings, consultation, task force creations, and community engagement.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide outreach to sexual assault centers, sexual assault response teams, multidisciplinary teams and communities serving underserved and marginalized populations.
  • Connect sexual assault centers, sexual assault response teams, multidisciplinary teams and communities to resources, providing referrals and consultation.
  • Conducts needs assessments and evaluations with sexual assault centers, sexual assault response teams, multidisciplinary teams and communities to ensure that centers and communities have the capacity to provide services to underserved and marginalized communities.
  • Assess barriers facing victims and work with sexual assault centers, sexual assault response teams, multidisciplinary teams and communities to develop and or implement needed services and resources for underserved and marginalized populations.
  • Provide service linkages and support systems to sexual assault centers, sexual assault response teams, multidisciplinary teams and communities to ensure identified needs are met for underserved and marginalized populations.
  • Coordinates all logistics for trainings both in-person and virtual for sexual assault centers, sexual assault response teams, multidisciplinary teams and communities in adequately addressing the needs of underserved and marginalized populations.
  • Identify partners throughout the state that can collaborate to support victims from underserved and marginalized populations within communities throughout the state of Georgia.
  • Presents at trainings, meetings, conferences, etc. regarding underserved and marginalized populations.
  • Completes all paperwork in reference to the position and grant requirements as well as GNESA’s policies and procedures.
  • Engage with diverse audiences through multiple social media channels by creating, posting, and sharing high-quality, compelling, and relevant content regarding ending sexual violence.
  • Work with website creator to build and maintain GNESA’s website.

Qualifications

Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass a background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment, and education verifications
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, acceptable proof of automobile insurance, and a reliable mode of transportation to be able to drive to meetings, events, and trainings

Education:

  • High School Diploma (or GED/High School Equivalence Certificate)

Experience:

  • Must be familiar with the challenges facing underserved and marginalized populations
  • 2 years of experience working with underserved and marginalized populations
  • Experience in working with victims of crime. Working with victims of sexual violence preferred.

Knowledge:

  • Working with victims of violence (specifically sexual violence preferred)
  • Working with underserved and marginalized communities
  • Trauma informed care
  • Best Practices in working with victims of violence
  • Client focused ideology
  • Fluent in both writing and speaking in English and other languages

Technology Skills:

  • Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media outlets

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate orally and in written English as well as other languages.
  • Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients.
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.
  • Ability to use computer to input and retrieve routine data

Interpersonal Characteristics:

  • Mission - focused, prompt, collaborative/team player, self-starter, adaptable.

Preferred Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree
  • Bilingual

Note: Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.  Employment at the Georgia Network Against Sexual Assault is on an "at-will" basis. Regardless of the date or method of payment or salary, employment may be terminated at any time by the employer or employee with or without cause.  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. No supervisor, manager, or other person, irrespective of title or position, has the authority to alter the at-will status of your employment or to enter into any employment contract for a definite period of time with you.  Any agreement with you altering your at-will employment status must be in writing and signed by the Executive Director of the Georgia Network Against Sexual Assault.

 

 

 

 

Get Help

Find the sexual assault center that supports your local community. If you’re in immediate danger, dial 911. Find a Center >

Get Trained

Sign up for the latest training courses for law enforcement, health care professionals, sexual assault centers, and others.  Learn More >

Get Connected

Our members work with community partners daily to accomplish the vision of a sexual violence-free Georgia. Meet them here >

Get the Facts

What is sexual violence? What is rape? Why does sexual violence happen in the first place? How often does it happen? Get the facts here >

BROWSE ONLINE SAFELY AND SECURELY

If your Internet search for help could be detected by your offender, click “Learn More” to find out how to cover your tracks.      Learn More