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Sexual Assault Awareness Month & New Human Trafficking Drop-In Center

April 1, 2021

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Kicks-Off Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Expands with Official Opening of NEW Drop-In Center to Serve Survivors of Human Trafficking

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center marks this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) with activities, films, discussions and the official opening of the new Human Trafficking Drop-in Center. The entire month of April will be dedicated to supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse by engaging the community across Northeast Ohio to raise awareness on this issue. 

“For many survivors, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is a safe place for them to share their story,” said Sondra Miller, President and CEO of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. “It’s critically important for us to be there for survivors, whenever and wherever they need us. That’s why we’re continuously evolving the types of services we offer survivors. The opening of the drop-in center allows us to innovate the way we typically provide our services and give survivors of human trafficking a safe place with a wide-range of ways to support them.”

The new drop-in center offers a central location for survivors of human trafficking (both sex and labor) to access care and support. It will offer crisis support, advocacy, counseling, case management, job readiness, education opportunities, financial classes and many other supportive services to ensure long-term stability. 

What can you do to support SAAM?

  • Wear Teal on Tuesday, April 6th in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Terminal Tower will be lit up in all teal to help bring attention to this important issue which impacts survivors across our area.
  • Take a Selfie – Help bring awareness to this issue. Take a photo of yourself wearing teal and post to your social media account using hashtag #SAAM2021. Tag Cleveland Rape Crisis Center on Facebook @ClevelandRCC, Instagram @clevelandrcc and Twitter @clevelandrcc.
  • Learn more – Visit Cleveland Rape Crisis Center for a complete list of activities to participate in all month long.
  • Raise awareness on these critical services for survivors: Learn about and share information about Cleveland Rape Crisis Center services with your network and loved ones.



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