News & Announcements

Forty-Five Years of Supporting Survivors

February 4, 2019

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s Crisis & Support Hotline received its first call forty-five years ago today, on February 4, 1974. The hotline was founded in response to Cleveland’s long-standing need for services to assist survivors of sexual assault. A 1976 grant allowed Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to begin expanding services and hire four full-time staff...continue

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to host “Surviving R. Kelly” & Beyond Community Event

January 29, 2019

  Surviving R. Kelly & Beyond: Sexual Assault in the African American Community In the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, survivors bravely came forward to share their experiences with the world. Survivors of rape and sexual abuse are speaking out about being preyed upon, groomed, victimized and even blamed for their victimization, even when others knew...continue

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to Welcome Rena Romano as Keynote Speaker for Faces of Change Luncheon

January 24, 2019

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, Rena Romano will share her story of survivorship in a keynote speech for Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s Faces of Change Luncheon from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, 100 Lakeside Ave. E., Cleveland, OH 44114.  Click here to purchase tickets. Rena Romano is an author, keynote speaker and certified...continue

Teresa Stafford Speaks about Human Trafficking Awareness Month (WKYC)

January 23, 2019

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s Chief Advocacy Teresa Stafford joins WKYC to speak about Human Trafficking Awareness Month. (Story by WKYC) “We could not let the month of January go by without letting you know that this is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. To fill us in on the most important things you need to know about...continue

Survivors of Color: We Stand with You.

January 16, 2018

Earlier this month, Lifetime channel aired a six-part docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, detailing a decades-long history of sexual assault and abuse allegations against R&B singer R. Kelly.  I applaud the survivors and family members who courageously spoke out and said, “We have had enough, and we will not stay silent.” The docuseries is challenging to...continue

Teresa M. Stafford Named Chief Advocacy Officer

January 14, 2019

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center has named Teresa M. Stafford as Chief Advocacy Officer. As Chief Advocacy Officer and member of the Center’s executive team, Ms. Stafford will provide strategic oversight of the Center’s victim services and advocate for system-level changes needed to ensure all survivors, especially those from marginalized communities, are supported and have access...continue

Black women raped at higher rates and report less than white counterparts (News 5 Cleveland)

January 14, 2019

  CLEVELAND — Survivor after survivor claim they were sexually assaulted by R&B Singer R Kelly, many of them as teenagers, in the Lifetime documentary ‘Surviving R Kelly’. “Maybe they stayed in silence because they didn’t feel like they had a way out,” said Teresa Stafford of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. Stafford watched the...continue

Support Prevention Education

November 29, 2018

  Prevention is Possible So far this year, over 9,000 K-12 students have received vital rape prevention programming from Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.  Through classroom education and after-school programs like Girls in Motion, Youth 360, and Las Chicas Pueden, youth learn healthy relationship skills, resiliency, and how to be a catalyst for change.  ...continue

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