Launching Our New Sexual Violence Prevention App
January 24 2022
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Launches NEW App Designed to Prevent Sexual Violence & Human Trafficking
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC) marks this year’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month with the launch of a new app that will engage teens, parents and educators, in preventing sexual violence while connecting survivors to services. The app highlights topics such as healthy relationships and boundaries, bystander intervention, and healthy social media use.
“Cleveland Rape Crisis Center has a 47-year history of supporting survivors of sexual violence and working to prevent it from happening in the first place,” said Sondra Miller, president & CEO. “Today, we’re leveraging technology to advance our mission in yet another innovative way.”
According to the Center for Prevention of Abuse 1 in 4 victims of human trafficking are children and research from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center indicates that 1 in 4 girls will experience unwanted sexual contact before the age of 18. More than one-third of those who seek services at Cleveland Rape Crisis Center are children and teens.
“Although sexual violence is prevalent and disproportionately impacts our youth, we have hope that – with the right tools – we can reduce and someday eliminate it. We must give youth and young adults the tools they need to navigate difficult conversations and situations and inspire societal change. That is what we aim to do with this app,” added Miller.
The app is free and allows users to connect to CRCC’s crisis & support hotline, as well as find articles, videos and information that promote healthy relationships and affirmative consent. It is a complement to CRCC’s youth development and prevention programs available to schools and youth-serving organizations. The Higley Fund of the Cleveland Foundation provided funding for the app’s development.
Visit here to view app information and here to install the app on a mobile device.
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 more than 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