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RAPE CRISIS CENTER GETS AN $8,250 GRANT

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The United Way of the Great Salt Lake Area has approved a one-time emergency grant for the Rape Crisis Center. The $8,250 grant will be used for the agency's mobile team and provide one-fourth of the annual operating funds for that program.

The center applied for the money when its grant from county Title 20 funds came in at half its usual funding level. Demand for the center's service has increased by 50 percent since Jan. 1.According to United Way's Emergency-Special Needs Committee, the center has addressed concerns raised by Salt Lake County when it decreased the grant.

The Rape Crisis Center has hired a full-time administrative director, completed its 1989 audit, developed a computerized accounting system, restructured the board for more imput from the private sector and business and is developing a comprehensive fund-raising plan.

The grant will be used by the center's mobile team, which responds as soon as a sexual assault victim is taken to an area hospital. A trained crisis worker stays with the victim through medical and law enforcement procedures and is a support until the victim can enter counseling sessions provided by the center. In the past six months, the team has helped 184 victims.