Victims Turned Away as Staffers leave Rape Center

Victims Turned Away as Staffers leave Rape Center

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Victims of sexual assault are being turned away from the city's Rape Recovery Center following the resignation of key managers and amid allegations that confidential information on clients was released.

A rift between employees and the board of directors has resulted in three key managers leaving the center. Now victims are having to wait four weeks before being seen for counseling.

According to the last remaining full-time employee, confidential information on almost four thousand clients was e-mailed to the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office.

The e-mail allegedly included client contact information and a spreadsheet linked to the client database. It was sent at the request of one board member, who works there as chief administrator and was also forwarded to two other board members.

An attorney representing the center said all board members deleted the e-mails after learning they may have included confidential information.

The center's crisis line and volunteer hospital response teams are still operating, but victims are now being referred outside the center for counseling.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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