Ms. Trescher, a longstanding donor to SBRCC created a legacy after her death in 2012 to continue her generosity and to address sexual violence in our community. Ms. Trescher contributed approximately $250,000 to the organization to assist in its efforts to end sexual violence. Mary O’Gorman, President of Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center stated, “Susan Trescher, who made such an enormous impact upon the lives of women and men during her lifetime, has provided a gift that will directly benefit and assist survivors of sexual violence; we are so grateful for her generosity”.

Ms. Trescher graduated from UC Berkeley and from Harvard Law School at a time when women lawyers were an anomaly. In Santa Barbara she championed the rights of women by being the first woman to hold various positions within the legal and banking communities. She will be awarded with a Shining Star posthumously for her generosity at Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center’s Shining Star Reception to be held on September 19, 2013 on the rooftop of the Canary Hotel. For more information about this event, please contact Elsa Granados at 963-6832 or

Volunteers, Board Members and Staff Members of Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center empower people through healing and social change to eliminate all forms of sexual violence. We have been committed to transforming lives by providing services and education to meet the needs of our diverse community since 1974.

SBRCC provides a safe place where survivors of sexual violence can heal in a supportive environment. Our crisis intervention and counseling programs include: a 24-hour hotline, crisis counselors who provide emotional support; information and referrals; Medical & Legal Advocacy and Accompaniment; and counseling and support services for individuals, couples or groups. All services are bilingual in English & Spanish, and available regardless of ability to pay. In the last year, SBRCCserved over 950 clients. Clients served include people with mental and physical disabilities and those who are homeless. Ages served range from adolescent to elderly.

SBRCC’s education and prevention programs increase the awareness, empathy and understanding necessary to effect the attitudinal and behavioral changes essential to the elimination of sexual assault. In the past year, community and outreach programs were presented to more than 6,000 individuals from civic and business groups, schools, colleges and programs for at-risk youth. In-service presentations were made to 371 professionals involved in providing sexual assault response. Susan Trescher’s amazing gift will assist us in strengthening and expanding all services.


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