News & Announcements

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Sees Uptick During Kavanaugh Hearing (WCPN)

September 28, 2018

“The congressional hearings on alleged sexual assault involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are having an impact on some Cleveland area survivors. “The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center has seen an uptick in activity this week, said the agency’s president and CEO Sondra Miller. “The average number of daily calls to the Cleveland rape crisis and support hotline...continue

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center handling surge of reports in wake of Kavanaugh scandal (Cleveland 19)

September 28, 2018

  “We’re hearing from people who are trying to understand how their friends and family members can say things that are not supportive of survivors. Sometimes they say, ‘They don’t know I’m a survivor, but I’m hearing what they’re saying, and it’s really hurtful.'” – Sondra Miller, President & CEO   Watch: Cleveland Rape Crisis Center...continue

A Message to Survivors

September 28, 2018

  Dear Survivors: We believe you. We hear you. We see you. We support you. We support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and all survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Your voices matter, and your experiences matter. In a nation consumed with a lot of “talk” about sexual assault, please know that we are...continue

Listening To Survivors (ideastream)

September 26, 2018

“We begin with a conversation with Sondra Miller, CEO and President of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, to help answer some of the questions that have arisen this past week, such as why many people choose not to report sexual misconduct to authorities — or why some people don’t come forward with their experience right away, or...continue

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman encourages others to speak up (News 5)

September 26, 2018

“MAYFIELD HEIGHTS – Six-time gold medalist and activist Aly Raisman spoke in Mayfield Heights on Wednesday about the importance of speaking out about sexual assault. “She headlined the National Council of Jewish Women of Cleveland’s opening meeting. “Raisman made headlines when she came forward against Larry Nassar, the gymnastics doctor who sexually abused more than 150 women. ‘I...continue

Why the ‘boys will be boys’ justification of sexual violence doesn’t fly (

September 27, 2018

  “A high school football player is accused of sexually assaulting a teenaged girl at an alcohol-fueled party. “It’s not hard to see the parallels between the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the 2012 Steubenville rape case. Three decades apart, there is one central difference: Kavanaugh has denied the allegations,...continue

With Cosby sentencing and Kavanaugh allegations, how are rape victims responding? (Cleveland 19)

September 25, 2018

“Bill Cosby’s sentencing comes just as the case against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gets even more heated. “Sondra Miller, president and CEO of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, tells Cleveland 19 these media headlines have inspired victims to call the center. “In fact, there’s been about a 15 percent increase in calls over the last...continue

Why it could take decades to report sexual assaults (

September 25, 2018

“In the weeks since Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, two women have come forward accusing the judge of sexual assault. In response, some people ask: Why come forward now? Why are the details of the incidents so vague? Why weren’t the incidents reported to the police at the time? “The alleged incidents occurred...continue

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