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Program expansion announced in the areas of trauma-informed early childhood interventions and prevention

January 30, 2015

Cleveland, OH – January 30, 2015 – Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC) is proud to announce an expansion of clinical services and prevention programming for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Rooted in CRCC’s forty years of expertise as Northeast Ohio’s only dedicated provider of rape crisis services, CRCC will work to prevent abuse before it occurs and empower families with the skills and knowledge to heal and move forward as a stronger, more stable family unit.

Many of CRCC’s clients seek out services and support years, or even decades, after their initial trauma. In those intervening years, survivors often experience post-traumatic stress disorder, just like veterans coming out of combat. Survivors are three times more likely to suffer from depression, 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol and 26 times more likely to abuse drugs.

This expansion will allow CRCC to proactively bring services to families, which increases many survivors access to services and the likelihood they will value and invest in treatment. Utilizing a holistic approach for victims and their primary caregivers, CRCC aims to help more children heal, sooner after the trauma they experience; curbing the devastating side effects of trauma.

Funding for this expansion has been provided by The Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services Bureau of Children and Family Services, Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County and Invest in Children. Through a rigorous review process CRCC is part of a select group of providers charged with executing this programming throughout Cuyahoga County. According to the Center’s President & CEO, Sondra Miller, “CRCC is honored and delighted to bring this funding to the Greater Cleveland region. I applaud these leaders’ decision to strengthen early intervention programming and invest in the prevention of childhood rape and sexual abuse.”


About Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

CRCC supports survivors of sexual violence, promotes healing and prevention and creates social change in our community, providing services to nearly 20,000 individuals each year. Comprehensive programs in Cuyahoga   County include a 24-hour rape crisis and support hotline, a 24-hour sex trafficking hotline, individual and group counseling, hospital and justice system advocacy, community education, professional training and youth development and prevention programs. Counseling services are also available in Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula counties