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Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Opens New Office Location in Westlake to Serve Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse in Western Cuyahoga County Closer to Home

June 19, 2017

Cleveland, OH (June 19, 2017) – Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is pleased to announce the opening of its new Westside Office, located at 27887 Clemens Road, Westlake, OH 44145, to provide direct services to survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

The Westside Office will offer survivors of rape and sexual abuse in Western Cuyahoga County with an option to access specialized services including counseling, victim assistance and support groups close to home.  The Center expects to serve clients from many communities in Western Cuyahoga County at the new location.

“Survivors of rape and sexual abuse live in every community in Northeast Ohio, and with the opening of the new Westside Office, our goal is to help survivors in Western Cuyahoga County access our premier services close to home,” said Sondra Miller, President & CEO, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.  “We’re proud to now offer counseling for adults and children, victim assistance and support groups in the new location.”

The Westside Office provides convenient access to specialized services for survivors of rape and sexual abuse, including

  • Individual counseling for adults and children
  • Victim assistance for survivors who are considering legal options or navigating the criminal justice process
  • Support groups
  • Prevention and educational programs for schools, organizations and businesses including school-aged children, teachers and parents
  • Professional training for law enforcement, first responder, medical, and mental health professionals, educators, as well as cosmetologists.

Many services are available in Spanish.

Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the U.S. have been raped at some time in their lives[1].  Rape is one of the most under-reported crimes, with nearly two-thirds of rapes never reported, and only 12 percent of child sexual abuse reported to authorities[2].

“We welcome survivors of rape and sexual abuse to access our services no matter how long ago they were harmed,” said Miller.  “Many of our clients come to us months, years, or even decades later.  We want all survivors to know: you are not alone, and you can recover and lead a healthy and happy life.”

To make an appointment or learn more, call (440) 354-7364 ext. 141 or request an appointment online at clevelandrapecrisis.org.

The opening of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s Westside Office has been made possible by funding through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program administered by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

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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.

 

[1] Black, M. C., Basile, K. C., Breiding, M. J., Smith, S .G., Walters, M. L., Merrick, M. T., … Stevens, M. R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 summary report. Retrieved from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/NISVS_Report2010-a.pdf

[2] Hanson, R. F., Resnick, H. S., Saunders, B. E., Kilpatrick, D. G., & Best, C. (1999). Factors related to the reporting of childhood rape. Child Abuse and Neglect, 23, 559–569. doi:10.1016/S0145-2134(99)00028-9