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Completed Testing of 13,931 Rape Kits Signals Progress (Cleveland.com)

February 23, 2018

  “The testing of nearly 14,000 formerly shelved Ohio rape kits is complete. “The unprecedented undertaking already has changed the culture and will have a lasting impact on how police understand and investigate rape, Attorney General Mike DeWine said. “In 2011, when DeWine first asked departments to start sending untested kits, which dated back decades, it...continue

Cleveland Police Failed to Send Recent Rape Kits for Testing (Cleveland.com)

February 14, 2018

  “CLEVELAND, Ohio –  Cleveland police failed over three years to send hundreds of rape kits collected from sexual assault victims to a lab for testing, in violation of state law. “An Ohio law that took effect in 2015 requires rape kits to be sent to a lab within 30 days. “The department discovered in...continue

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Opens Beachwood Location (Cleveland Jewish News)

January 25, 2018

  “The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center opened a new Beachwood location on Jan. 4 at Signature Square 1, 25201 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 390, within Nexis Medical Offices. “Sondra Miller, president and CEO of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, said the location allowed it to open and launch as quickly as possible and for the least...continue

Ohio Ranks Fourth in the Country for Human Trafficking Cases (Cleveland 19 News)

January 18, 2018

“CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – Ohio ranks fourth in the nation for human trafficking. “In a recent report from the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, more than 300 people in the state were victims of sex trafficking, about 25 were trafficked for hard labor, and another eight were trafficked for both purposes. “‘On the service, it sounds...continue

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...continue

Sexual Assault: Where Do Ohio Survivors Turn for Help? (Public News Service)

December 18, 2017

“COLUMBUS, Ohio — Advocates for women say the wave of high profile sexual abuse allegations is helping survivors in Ohio find their voices. But who can they trust? “In a survey of Cuyahoga County residents, most respondents said if they needed assistance after a sexual assault, they would turn to a doctor, nurse, teacher or caseworker....continue

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