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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...continue

Ten Myths About Rape

August 30, 2017

There are a lot of things people may say to you that can invalidate your experience. However, all these things they tell you are not true. Your experience is valid and we’re here for you. 1. “It happened because you drank too much” Intoxication is not an excuse for rape or sexual abuse. Drinking is...continue

What is Consent?

August 25, 2017

What is consent? Contrary to popular belief, people have sex! But in order to have sex, there must be consent. Consent is an enthusiastic and clear agreement to engage in sexual activity with a partner(s). This means you need to ask your partner if they want to engage in sexual activity with you, instead of...continue

Healthy Vs. Unhealthy Relationships

August 20, 2017

With all the mixed messages portrayed in movies, television, or other forms of media, learning what a healthy relationship is and how to have one can be difficult. However, there are telltale signs of both healthy and unhealthy relationships. A Healthy Relationship Looks Like: An Unhealthy Relationship Looks Like: Mutual Respect You and your partner...continue

How to be a Positive Bystander

August 15, 2017

A positive bystander is someone who notices a potentially harmful or dangerous situation and intervenes. While it is only the responsibility of the perpetrator to not rape or sexually abuse people, bystanders can sometimes prevent harmful or dangerous situations from happening. Recognizing the signs A potentially harmful or dangerous situation has a number of warning...continue

Self-Expression through Creative Writing

August 11, 2017

Spoken word, poetry, prose, and creative writing are all ways to express yourself and what you’re experiencing. Writing down and performing your thoughts can serve to transform the intangibility of your emotions and experiences into something more. They serve as a way for you to make your feelings tangible and real. Andrea Gibson, a well-known...continue

For LGBTQI+ Survivors: Four Things to Know

June 29, 2017

Members of the LGBTQI+ community are not immune to rape or sexual abuse.  In fact, studies show that people who self-identify as LGBTQI+ are more likely to have experienced some sort of sexual trauma in their lifetime. Dealing with trauma associated with rape or sexual abuse on top of sexual orientation and gender-based discrimination and...continue

How to Support a Family Member or Friend Who is a Survivor

June 25, 2017

When someone you care about confides in you that they have experienced rape or sexual abuse, it can be a challenging conversation. You may feel that you want to help them, but maybe aren’t sure how, or what to say. Below are eight suggestions for ways to support a friend or family member who is...continue

5 Self-Care Tips

June 20, 2017

Practicing Self-care is vital to your healing process. Whether you or someone you care about experienced or witnessed sexual violence, self-care is integral to recovery. Cleveland Rape Crisis Center has created a list of self-care exercises and ideas for you to try. Physical Activity Motivating yourself to engage in physical activity can be difficult, but...continue

For Male Survivors: 5 Things to Know

June 15, 2017

Many people may be surprised to learn that Cleveland Rape Crisis Center offers services for male survivors of rape and sexual abuse. In fact, 1 in 71 men are survivors of rape. Below are five things for male survivors of rape to know if they’re thinking about reaching out for help. You are not alone....continue

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