MARCH 2010

Gail Abarbanel (above) pictured with her banner. Photo by Richard Settle

March is a ‘Banner Month’ for Gail Abarbanel

Gail Abarbanel, director of SMUCLA’s nationally known Rape Treatment Center (RTC), was honored by the city of West Hollywood, which has unveiled a banner imprinted with her image on its main thoroughfare, Santa Monica Boulevard, as part of its celebration of “National Women’s History Month.”

Each year, the city recognizes two notable, American women who have dedicated their lives to bettering the status of women in this country. Previous honorees include Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Shirley Chisholm and Rosa Parks.

Gail was recognized for her pioneering work with the RTC, which has served as a national model for the care and treatment of rape victims since 1974, as well as other innovations, including Stuart House for sexually abused children and the Verna Harrah Clinic to provide state-of-the-art medical care and forensic exams to rape victims. She also has been the driving force behind efforts to change the way rape and other sexual crimes are viewed in society and how victims are treated by law-enforcement officials, medical personnel and the judicial system.