How a $3.2 Million Grant Is Helping Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Expand Its Services on Campus (Fresh Water Cleveland)
December 14, 2017
“Last winter, Cleveland State University student Melanie Smith* was sexually assaulted by a coworker at her off-campus job. Shortly afterward, she learned in her Women’s Studies class that the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center operated an on-campus office.
“There, she received counseling that helped her realize it wasn’t her fault and that her offender had manipulated her. Smith learned that it was okay to grieve what had happened to her, and that the anger, depression, and nightmares she was experiencing were normal. A rape crisis advocate also accompanied her whenever she worked with the police, explaining the entire process.
“’At first, I had no idea of how to handle it alone, so I just cried, and it made me very depressed and suicidal,’ recalls Smith. ‘I don’t think I would be in the same place today if it wasn’t for going to the CRCC campus office.'”