Center to Open Regional Office in Westlake
Cleveland, OH (October 7, 2016) – Cleveland Rape Crisis Center has been awarded a grant of $3,101,184.59 through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program administered by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Crime Victim Services Division, and a second grant through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office from the State Victim Assistance Act (SVAA) of $12,684.00, for a total of $3,113,868.59.
The funds will allow the Center to open a regional office in Westlake to serve survivors on the West side of Cuyahoga County closer to home, and to continue to serve survivors of rape and sexual abuse through its counseling, advocacy and outreach services in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties.
“We are making our region healthier, safer and stronger by providing survivors of rape and sexual abuse with a compassionate response and access to high-quality services,” said Sondra Miller, President & CEO of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. “The services made possible by this funding stream will ensure that more people can recover, heal and thrive after rape or sexual abuse.”
Thanks to funding from the VOCA program, over the last 12 months, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center has:
• Launched two new ways for survivors to access its 24-hour crisis and support phone hotline: via text and online chat.
• Partnered with five higher education institutions in Cuyahoga County to provide counseling, advocacy, outreach and/or technical assistance to students, faculty and staff impacted by rape and sexual abuse.
• Doubled from four to eight the number of Victim Specialists who support survivors as they navigate the criminal justice system.
• Added one full-time social worker to coordinate services for victims of sex trafficking identified through the Center’s Project STAR – Sex Trafficking Advocacy & Recovery – hotline.
• Added two community outreach specialist positions to educate professionals and community groups about services available to survivors.
“I am pleased to provide this grant to the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center,” said Attorney General DeWine. “I appreciate the work of the Center, which provides comprehensive services and support to survivors of sexual assault, not only in Cuyahoga County, but to those living in neighboring counties as well.”
About Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
The mission of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is to support survivors of rape and sexual abuse, promote healing and prevention, and advocate for social change. With more than 50 employees and 100 volunteers, the Center reached more than 28,000 people through its counseling, advocacy, prevention and training services in 2015.
For more information, visit clevelandrapecrisis.org or call 216-619-6194. The Center’s 24-hour rape crisis and support hotline is 216-619-6192 (call/text) or clevelandrapecrisis.org/chat.