Rape Crisis Center expands across Northeast Ohio (News 5)
October 30, 2018
“The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center will expand its services for survivors of rape and sexual abuse after receiving $4.6 million in funding through the Attorney General’s Office. Funding came from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program.
“Sarah Trimble with the center said they are experiencing an all-time high in calls. In the last two months, they’ve had a 300 percent increase in calls.
“‘When the national conversation focuses on the issues of rape and sexual abuse, many survivors are re-traumatized by these conversations,’ Trimble said.
“In 2013, the Center received 3,000 calls. This year, Trimble said it’s on track to hit 8,000.
“To make sure all calls are answered, the Center will hire 15 new direct service positions with the grant money, bringing its staff size to 80.
“The funds will allow the Crisis Center to maintain its victim assistance, counseling, and 24-hour services in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake Counties.
“‘That was my safe spot. That was where I could go. I was believed. I wasn’t asked what I was wearing. I wasn’t asked what I drank. I wasn’t asked what my relationship with the rapist was,’ said sexual assault survivor Alisa Alfaro.”
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