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New Director Takes Over The Reins At Rape Crisis Center

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After thirty-two years with the same director, there's now a new person at the helm of Savannah's Rape crisis center. Kesha Gibson-Carter spent more than a month shadowing the center's former director before officially taking over the job, but she was already far from a stranger to those who work in victims' services. Though she knows she has some big shoes to fill as the new director of the Rape Crisis Center, she says she's ready to get to work. One of her first goals-- raise awareness of *all* the things the Center does.

Kesha Gibson-Carter says her previous work with the District Attorney's Office, Meals on Wheels and other community organizations gave her a good idea of what to expect in her new role at Savannah's Rape Crisis Center. She says, "It's almost like a reunion for me - coming back and being welcomed by everyone who I once worked for. Victim's services is where I got my first professional start right out of college and I worked for several years on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault - so this is somewhat going back to my roots."

Taking over the job, held by it's former director for more than three decades - means more than just changes for Gibson-Carter - it means there will likely be changes in the office as well...but gradually. She says, "My intent was not to come in like a bull in a china shop - however, I do recognize that there are a couple of things that we could possibly do differently - so we're gonna make a few incremental changes as we go along." Gibson-Carter says the organization's popular fundraisers like the Un-Maskarade, 8k Reindeer Run and Jeans for Justice will continue. She says raising awareness about programs the center offers in addition to victim counseling is a major goal, "We provide a lot of the services to the school system by way of our good touch, bad touch programs - as well as programs where we work with local colleges and universities to promote healthy dating, male initiatives. We are essentially a powerhouse for prevention in our area and I don't think that's on the radar of a lot of people."

The new director says one of the ways she hopes to raise awareness of those programs - plus the Center's work against bullying and sex trafficking - is through social media - more of a dedicated resource to get the word out through the organization's Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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