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The number of donations to Cleveland Rape Crisis Center in response to the hiring of Deshaun Watson tips 2000

March 30, 2022

In recent weeks, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC) has experienced an outpouring of public support in response to the Brown’s decision to add Deshaun Watson to the team.

As of this morning, more than 2,000 new donors have given over $100,000 in support of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s mission and services.  About 1/3 of donors referenced the Browns and/or Deshaun as the motivation to give.  An equal amount of donors gave $22 – in support of the 22 women who have accused Watson of sexual assault and currently have civil cases pending against him. 

“While we are reminded that even today, many survivors are still suffering in silence, we are hopeful that the national conversation that is occurring will propel the anti-sexual violence movement” said Sarah Trimble, Chief External Affairs Officer, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. 

Calls to Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s 24-hour hotline increased more than 130% immediately after the Browns announced Deshaun Watson as quarterback. 

“Survivors are seeking support at heightened levels.  I am proud of our ability to meet the increased demand for services. Thanks to this outpouring of support, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is positioned to ensure that anyone who reaches out to the Center can receive the highest level of care.”

Please join us in the movement to end sexual violence in the following ways:

  • Participate in our upcoming ambassador training to gain skills in preventing sexual violence and allying with survivors
  • Invite Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s prevention programming to your school, work or place of worship
  • Invest in the work and mission of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center by donating now.


Need support?

The 24/7 Crisis & Support Hotline is available for survivors and their loved ones. Call or Text (216) 619-6192 or (440) 423-2020 or chat online today.


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. In 2020, the Center provided counseling, advocacy and crisis intervention services to 10,000 rape and sexual abuse survivors and reached thousands more through its prevention, education and training programs in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake counties.  For more information, visit or call 216-619-6194. The Center’s 24-hour Crisis & Support Hotline is 216-619-6192 (call/text) or