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#MeToo Hits Close to Home: A Note from Sondra Miller

October 31 2017

Dear friends,

As many of you have seen, over the past few weeks sexual harassment and abuse has risen to the headlines with recent news and campaigns such as #MeToo. As a result, we have experienced an increase in calls, texts and chats from survivors reaching out to start their healing process or people reaching out to get more information for a friend or family member.

While we’re encouraged that so many people are starting their healing process, we also understand that this may be hard for some people to see in their newsfeeds. I will tell you this though – you are not alone.

We are here for you and we believe you.

Please remember that sexual abuse or rape is never the fault of the survivor and it should not have happened to you. No matter if you experienced something last week or decades ago, trauma like this can stir up emotions at any time. If you need support, here are some ways you can reach out:

  • Use our Crisis and Support Hotline: Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call or text 216-619-6192 to talk with one of our advocates for free, confidential support and information. You can also chat online at clevelandrapecrisis.org.
  • Request an appointment: Call 216-619-6194 ext. 141 or request an appointment online.
  • View our resources: We have resources available online for ways for you to talk with your child or teen about sexual abuse and violence.
  • Follow Cleveland Rape Crisis Center on social media: We post regularly on self-care tips and news that may be helpful for you, friends or family members. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

We hope that these national conversations grow the awareness of this issue and help make change happen. If you ever need immediate support, please reach out to our crisis and support hotline.

Sondra Miller
President & CEO
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center