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CRCC Partners with Cleveland State University, Baldwin Wallace University to Offer Counseling, Advocacy Services for Local College Students, Faculty, Staff Impacted by Sexual Assault

December 10, 2015

CLEVELAND, OH – Local college students, faculty and staff impacted by sexual assault will have additional options for specialized counseling and advocacy services offered by Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, thanks to new partnerships with Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace University.

“College students who experience sexual assault are often hesitant to reach out for help, and we are pleased that we can offer students additional choices to access the help they need,” said Sondra Miller, president and CEO of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. “With our specialized services, more students who are victims of sexual assault will be able to access services closer to where they live to help them recover and move forward with their lives.”

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center has formalized partnerships with Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace University to provide specialized services, and expects to add several additional partner universities in the coming months.

“Cleveland State University is excited to benefit from the expertise and dedication of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center staff and this grant,” said Shannon J. Greybar Milliken, assistant vice president of student affairs at Cleveland State University. “The partnership will allow us to enhance and expand the support services and training we provide to our University community about sexual and gender based violence.”

“We at Baldwin Wallace are looking forward to partnering with Cleveland Rape Crisis Center in this exciting opportunity to provide expanded support services to members of the BW community who are survivors of sexual violence,” said Tim Hall, assistant director of prevention and outreach at Baldwin Wallace University.

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s specialized services for college campuses include:

  • Confidential therapeutic services for students, faculty and staff members who are impacted by sexual assault.
  • 24-hour crisis intervention services for students, faculty and staff, including a 24-hour hotline; face-to-face response for victims at hospitals and campus police departments; and follow-up support for victims through the justice system.
  • Confidential support, education and crisis intervention to students, faculty and staff.
  • Victim advocacy to assist and support student victims through on-campus judicial processes.
  • Training and technical assistance to help universities continue to improve their trauma-informed response to reports of sexual assault.

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s new Campus Services Department will offer these specialized, confidential counseling and advocacy services to students, faculty and staff impacted by sexual assault on local college campuses. The Campus Services Department includes Alex Leslie, director of campus services; Carol Hoffstetter, campus trauma therapist; and Vanessa Sampsel, victim specialist.

These expanded services for survivors on local college campuses are part of program expansions funded through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program administered by the Ohio Attorney General, Crime Victims Services (read the announcement ). The grant, the largest in the organization’s history, is allowing Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to expand and enhance its counseling, advocacy and outreach services for survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

“Making additional resources available to victims of sexual assault, wherever they may be in Ohio, was a goal of our Expanding Services and Empowering Victims Initiative announced this year,” said Attorney General Mike DeWine. “This effort by Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Cleveland State University, and Baldwin Wallace University takes a big step forward in helping any victims on college campuses get the specialized help they need.”

Victims of sexual assault and their loved ones can access support and services by calling Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s 24-hour rape crisis and support hotline  at (216) 619-6192 or the main intake line at (216) 619-6194 ext. 141.

 

About Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

The mission of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is to support survivors of rape and sexual abuse, promote healing and prevention and advocate for social change. The Center provided counseling, advocacy, prevention and training services to nearly 20,000 people in 2014.  For more information, visit www.clevelandrapecrisis.org or call (216) 619-6194.  The Center’s 24-hour rape crisis and support hotline is (216) 619-6192.