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How Courtney Underwood created resources for North Texas rape survivors

from D Magazine

Two decades ago, Parkland Hospital was the only place in Dallas providing rape kits to survivors. There were no independent clinics, no Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs. And for Courtney Underwood, there was no help. She was raped by her pastor at knife-point when she was 15. But it wasn’t until her sophomore year at SMU that the Highland Park native, now 35, realized Dallas was the largest city—and county—in the country without a SANE program or rape crisis center. Even at Parkland, survivors would have a minimum eight-hour wait. It took Underwood seven years of campaigning to open the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, and the city’s first hospital SANE program, at Texas Health Presbyterian, in 2010. more

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