Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Awarded $3.25 Million Grant From Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Crime Victim Services Division
October 13, 2017
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $3,250,000 through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program administered by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and a second grant through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office from the State Victim Assistance Act (SVAA) of $12,657.33, for a total of $3,262,657.33. This is the largest grant in Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s history.
The funds will allow Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to impact more than 44,000 people through its counseling, advocacy and outreach services in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties.
“This past year, we were able to expand our services and create stand-alone locations in Westlake and Ashtabula, all with the goal to make sure survivors in all areas can receive compassionate response and access to high-quality services,” said Sondra Miller, President & CEO of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. “Thanks to the funding from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, we will be able to continue to serve survivors of sexual abuse and rape so they can live healthy and productive lives.”
Thanks to funding from the VOCA program in 2016, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center impacted more than 36,729 people throughout Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties with survivor services, prevention program, outreach efforts and trainings. Specifically, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center:
- Conducted prevention, outreach and training to 28,534 people.
- Responded to more than 4,856 texts, chats and phone calls through its 24-hour crisis and support hotline.
- Supported 1,713 survivors navigate through the justice system through its victim assistance program.
- Provided individual counseling, support groups and child and family services to 1,089 survivors.
- Met with 537 survivors at the hospital to provide them immediate assistance after an incident of sexual abuse.
“I am pleased to provide this grant to the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center,” said Attorney General DeWine. “I appreciate the work of the Center, which provides comprehensive services and support to survivors of sexual assault, not only in Cuyahoga County, but to those living in neighboring counties as well.”
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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. With more than 50 employees and 100 volunteers, the Center reaches more than 36,000 people each year through its counseling, advocacy, prevention and training services in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties. For more information, visit clevelandrapecrisis.org or call 216-619-6194. The Center’s 24-hour rape crisis and support hotline is 216-619-6192 (call/text) or clevelandrapecrisis.org/chat.