Survivor stories

Video: Jackie's Story

November 14, 2018

Jackie is a survivor of sexual abuse and rape as a child. She found Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and now shares her story to encourage others to find help and recover.  ...continue

Video: A Survivor's Journey

November 14, 2018

Whether you were hurt yesterday or decades ago, we are here to support you. Cleveland Rape Crisis Center provides services to all survivors of rape and sexual abuse, including a crisis and support hotline, hospital support, victim assistance, counseling and more.  ...continue

Rape Crisis Center expands across Northeast Ohio (News 5)

October 30, 2018

  “The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center will expand its services for survivors of rape and sexual abuse after receiving $4.6 million in funding through the Attorney General’s Office. Funding came from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program. “Sarah Trimble with the center said they are experiencing an all-time high in calls. In the last two...continue

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Credits #MeToo for Increase in Reports (Fox 8)

June 13, 2018

“CLEVELAND – Northeast Ohio native Erika Port had her own #MeToo moment years before household names like Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose and organizations like USA Gymnastics were brought down by allegations of inappropriate behavior and sexual abuse. “‘When I spoke out more people felt empowered to say you know this happened to me too...continue

Everyday Americans Experience It, Too

November 22, 2017

  Dear friends of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, The issue of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and rape continues to dominate the news headlines. Yesterday, survivors from Cleveland Rape Crisis Center joined the national conversation by telling their own stories and showing that sexual violence doesn’t just occur in Hollywood and D.C., unfortunately, it happens in...continue

Sexual Assault Survivor Kim’s Story

September 20, 2017

Like too many survivors of sexual assault, Kim couldn’t accept that she was not the cause of her abuse. “I thought it was my fault, that I was to blame for what had happened to me,” she explained. Nightmares and flashbacks haunted Kim for years after she endured abuse at the hands of her stepfather...continue

Changing Lives | Creating a Safe Place

November 14, 2016

It is the mission to support women and men who have been victims of rape and sexual assault. Cleveland Rape Crisis Center remains a safe place where survivors can talk about their experiences without judgement and in safety....continue

Survivor Story | Jackie’s Story

November 17, 2016

Jackie is a survivor. She found Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and shares her story to encourage others to find help. You can help create change and provide critical services for survivors like Jackie to help them recover, heal and thrive.          ...continue

Survivor Stories: Sara

March 2, 2016

Friend of a Survivor (Carson) Sara and Carson have been friends since before high school, but the first year they went to college, things changed. Sara lived away from home for the first time. Carson attended a different university. The distance made it more difficult for them to maintain a friendship. They had to rely...continue

Survivor Stories: Carson

March 2, 2016

Child Sexual Abuse Survivor   She was frozen when her friend made her get off the bus. Panic-stricken. She couldn’t sleep. She could barely leave her room because her panic attacks were so severe. Carson didn’t know what to do. Her best friend, Sara, didn’t really know either, but she had heard of Cleveland Rape...continue