Oct 14, 2019

The Center helps two families whose children were sexually assaulted by acquaintances .

The Center for Safety & Change, Inc. (“the Center”) is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to develop strategies to end gender-based violence and provide shelter and supportive services that empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other crimes. Since its inception in 1979, the Center has been the sole provider of domestic violence residential and non-residential services certified by the NYS Office of Child and Family Services and the only New York State Office of Victim Services designated Victim Assistance Program in Rockland County. In addition, all of the Center’s sexual trauma staff are certified and trained by the New York State Department of Health, all direct service staff and volunteers are certified rape crisis counselors, and, within the last decade, the Center became the sole provider of services to victims of human trafficking. 

The Center offers a comprehensive continuum of programs and services that are availablein multiple languages to all victims, free of charge, regardless of age, citizenship, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. These services include, but are not limited to: 

  • Information and Referrals: information about the criminal justice process, information about victims’ rights, referrals to other victim service programs, and referrals to other services, supports, and resources;
  • Advocacy and Accompaniment:  victim advocacy/accompaniment to emergency medical care, victim advocacy/accompaniment forensic exams, law enforcement interview advocacy/accompaniment, individual advocacy, performance of medical forensic exam or interview, or medical evidence collection, immigration assistance, intervention with employer, creditor, landlord, or academic institution, childcare, transportation assistance, and translation/interpretation services;
  • Emotional Support and Safety Services: crisis intervention, hotline/crisis line counseling, on-scene crisis response, individual counseling, support groups, therapy, and emergency financial assistance;
  • Shelter and Housing Services: emergency shelter, transitional housing service, and relocation assistance; and
  • Criminal and Civil Justice System Assistance: notification of criminal justice events, civil legal assistance in obtaining protection or restraining order, civil legal assistance with family law issues, immigration attorney assistance, prosecution interview advocacy/accompaniment, criminal advocacy/accompaniment, and other legal advice and/or counsel.




Over the last three months, the Center provided a total of 6,966 services to 211 victims in the Sexual Trauma Program. This quarter:

  • The Center worked with a parent whose son was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance when he was ten years old. The client’s son gave his testimony by video-tape and was able to provide details of the abuse.  The perpetrator admitted to the horrific crime, was prosecuted, and was sentenced to approximately 18 years in prison.  The parent has been trying to work through the trauma that she has sustained since learning of her son’s abuse and has been receiving therapy and supportive counseling at the Center. The client has expressed sincere gratitude for Center staff and the services she has received.
  • The Center worked with a client whose two children were sexually assaulted by a family friend. The children were very emotionally disconnected and it was difficult for them to disclose their trauma for the first time. During the interview, the client was feeling suicidal and had to be brought to a hospital to be evaluated. The client felt comfortable with staff and requested the advocate accompany them to the hospital, in which the Center obliged. The advocate was present throughout the interview and provided supportive counseling, validation, safety planning (with both the client and the parents), and self-care following the interview.

 

Quotes:

  • “The Center has helped me so much.”
  • “I can’t talk to anyone else about this because they don’t understand what it’s like when your child goes through this.”
  • “I feel so much better that I was able to talk about my trauma.”
  • “I feel safer after coming here for services and help."
  • “You have helped me and my family during this difficult time.”
  • “I don’t know where I would be without you all.”
  • “I wish more people knew about everything you do here for people like me."
Jul 15, 2019

The Center provides a total of 19,133 services to 214 victims in the Sexual Trauma Program

The Center for Safety & Change, Inc. (“the Center”) is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to develop strategies to end gender-based violence and provide shelter and supportive services that empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other crimes. Since its inception in 1979, the Center has been the sole provider of domestic violence residential and non-residential services certified by the NYS Office of Child and Family Services and the only New York State Office of Victim Services designated Victim Assistance Program in Rockland County. In addition, all of the Center’s sexual trauma staff are certified and trained by the New York State Department of Health, all direct service staff and volunteers are certified rape crisis counselors, and, within the last decade, the Center became the sole provider of services to victims of human trafficking. 

The Center offers a comprehensive continuum of programs and services that are availablein multiple languages to all victims, free of charge, regardless of age, citizenship, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. These services include, but are not limited to: 

  • Information and Referrals: information about the criminal justice process, information about victims’ rights, referrals to other victim service programs, and referrals to other services, supports, and resources;
  • Advocacy and Accompaniment:  victim advocacy/accompaniment to emergency medical care, victim advocacy/accompaniment forensic exams, law enforcement interview advocacy/accompaniment, individual advocacy, performance of medical forensic exam or interview, or medical evidence collection, immigration assistance, intervention with employer, creditor, landlord, or academic institution, childcare, transportation assistance, and translation/interpretation services;
  • Emotional Support and Safety Services: crisis intervention, hotline/crisis line counseling, on-scene crisis response, individual counseling, support groups, therapy, and emergency financial assistance;
  • Shelter and Housing Services: emergency shelter, transitional housing service, and relocation assistance; and
  • Criminal and Civil Justice System Assistance: notification of criminal justice events, civil legal assistance in obtaining protection or restraining order, civil legal assistance with family law issues, immigration attorney assistance, prosecution interview advocacy/accompaniment, criminal advocacy/accompaniment, and other legal advice and/or counsel.



Over the last three months, the Center provided a total of 19,133 services to 214 victims in the Sexual Trauma Program. This quarter:

  • Staff met a client who was sexually assaulted by her brother in law between age 11 and 14 years old. The client was not supported by her mother because the mother felt the daughter shouldn’t have allowed it to happen and, because she did allow it to happen, her neices and nephews will no longer have a father. Staff was present in her forensic interview and, throughout the last two months (both at the main office and at the client's school), provided supportive counseling, validation, safety planning, and coping tools. The client said she was stunned at the amount of care someone had given her.
  • Staff provided services to a young female who was raped by two boys she knew from high school after going to one of their homes after meeting up at a bar. She has severe trauma symptoms and has trouble eating, sleeping, has lost interest in activities, and is having trouble in her family/friend/romantic relationships. She is being provided therapy, advocacy, and accompaniment to SVC, and vicarious trauma support for the four people who arrived at the hospital following her rape to support her.

Quotes from clients: 

  • Sexual support group members: “ It feels good to know I’m not the only one.”   “Thank you everybody, it really helps.” “I’m so glad you are doing this group.” “It makes a difference to know we’re not alone.” It’s good to talk about these things in here.”
  • “I’ve learned so much from coming here and speaking with you and the group, it’s really changed my life”
  • "I feel safer after coming here for services and help"

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Apr 15, 2019

The Center provides 6,186 services to 193 sexual trauma victims

The Center for Safety & Change, Inc. (“the Center”) is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to develop strategies to end gender-based violence and provide shelter and supportive services that empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other crimes. Since its inception in 1979, the Center has been the sole provider of domestic violence residential and non-residential services certified by the NYS Office of Child and Family Services and the only New York State Office of Victim Services designated Victim Assistance Program in Rockland County. In addition, all of the Center’s sexual trauma staff are certified and trained by the New York State Department of Health, all direct service staff and volunteers are certified rape crisis counselors, and, within the last decade, the Center became the sole provider of services to victims of human trafficking. The Center's Special Victims Program includes a 24-hour rape crisis hotline, accompaniment to court and other appointments, legal services, trial preparation, counseling and therapy, a 15-bed emergency residential shelter, services for families of survivors, support groups, translation, transportation, and a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner program at both of Rockland’s acute care hospitals.

Over the last three months, the Center provided a total of 6,186 services to 193 victims in the Special Victims Program. This quarter:

 

  • A 9 year old was referred to the children and youth program due to sexual abuse. The child was having difficulty sleeping, having consistent nightmares, and experiencing anxiety. The child was invited to use creative arts interventions to decrease her anxiety and process the trauma in a safe way. The child was also encouraged to use these techniques, such as coloring and journaling at bedtime. The child began sleeping through the night and the nightmares ceased.  The child felt confident that she had found ways to cope with what had happened to her and felt less anxious about her future.
  • The Center provided services to a mother whose son was groomed and sexually assaulted by his psychotherapist when he was 15 years old.  The client shared how her son’s sexual trauma affected her, her son, and their whole family. The client reached out to the Center for services when she learned of her son's sexual assault and has been coming to therapy consistently ever since.  Her son's trial went to federal court and the perpetrator was sentenced to 12 years in prison.   
 
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