Forty-Five Years of Supporting Survivors

February 4, 2019

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s Crisis & Support Hotline received its first call forty-five years ago today, on February 4, 1974. The hotline was founded in response to Cleveland’s long-standing need for services to assist survivors of sexual assault.

A 1976 grant allowed Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to begin expanding services and hire four full-time staff members, the “Founding Mothers”: Lynn Hammond, Carrie Zander, Lorraine Schalamon and Jeanne Van Atta.

To mark the 45th anniversary of our first hotline call, we invite you to view our gallery of archival photos, newspaper clippings, and publications from the early history of the Center.

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