May 1, 2018

Center for Safety & Change provides over 6,000 services to 212 sexual assault survivors

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 service provider to victims of sexual assault and their families in Rockland County, NY. The Center's Sexual Assault 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 (February-April 2018) the Center provided a total of 6,431 services to 212 sexual trauma victims/survivors. One of these survivors was a 13 year old girl who had been sexually assaulted by a family friend.  The Center’s Special Victim’s Advocate assisted the young girl in completing an OVS claim and also assisted her and her mother in finding affordable housing. In addition, the advocate was able to assist the client prepare for trial and provided accompaniment to sentencing as well.  Due to the bravery and strength of this young client as well as the collaboration between the Center, the District Attorney’s Office, and law enforcement, the perpetrator received 20 years to life in prison! This client expressed how thankful she was for all of us being supportive and believing her. This client continues to work with our agency and has been doing really well in her recovery process.

The Center often receives feedback from clients during their recovery process as well as when they have finished utilizing the Center’s services:

  • “ I will always remember how nice everyone was to me at the hospital”
  • “I like coming here, no one judges me”
  • “I feel safe here”
  • “Thank you everyone for believing me and helping me prepare for trial”
  • “I could never thank all of you for the work that you do every day, you will never know how much I appreciate you guys”.
  • “I know you have a lot of cases and I don’t know how you do it to help everyone, but you and this agency have helped me better my life. I don’t know what took me so long to get help”
  • “You are our Family!”
Feb 5, 2018

Justice for Jenna*- Perpetrator Found Guilty!

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 service provider to victims of sexual assault and their families in Rockland County, NY. The Center's Sexual Assault 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 (November-January) the Center provided a total of 5,424 services to 209 sexual trauma victims/survivors. Of these survivors was 12 year old Jenna*, who was referred for therapy services after being sexually abused by a family member. Over the course of several months, she was successfully working through the trauma she endured, however, when the trial date was set, she began to feel anxious and fearful; she had to testify in Supreme Court. The Center's Crime Victim Advocate assisted the child and her family prepare for trial. She walked the child and her mother through the trial process, familiarized them with the court room atmosphere, and helped change some of their negative perceptions of a court room, such as safety issues. The child's therapist was able to accompany the child to trial and provided emotional support.  Jenna bravely testified, however, the process was re-traumatizing and she will continue to receive services. The perpetrator was found guilty and is expected to serve a minimum of 25 years.  The sentencing is scheduled for February, and the Center will assist Jenna in writing a victim impact statement.

 

* The survivor’s age and name has been changed in order to protect her identity..

Nov 9, 2017

Center for Safety & Change Provides Services for Two Human Trafficking Survivors

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 service provider to victims of sexual assault and their families in Rockland County, NY. The Center's Sexual Assault 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 (August-October) the Center provided a total of 6,243 services to 204 sexual trauma victims/survivors. One of these survivors was a young woman who was being sexually abused and trafficked by her stepfather.  The ADA, detectives, and the Center’s staff (the Special Victims Advocate, Coordinator of Anti-Human Trafficking Services, and shelter staff) were able to provide support to the client. The client is now in therapy, has moved out of our shelter and lives in her own apartment.  The client is receiving assistance from DSS and the client continues to receive support from the Center for Safety & Change.   

In addition, this reporting period, the Center’s Coordinator of Anti-Human Trafficking Services received a call from a hospital about a trafficking case. The Coordinator provided crisis intervention and consulted with our shelter. Once determining there was space at the shelter, the hospital provided transportation to the Center’s main office and the Coordinator brought her to the shelter.  Upon their arrival, the Coordinator provided necessities, safety planning and supportive counseling.  The Coordinator continues provides advocacy and counseling. The survivor has been trafficked for the last ten years and is working on processing the trauma she endured.

 
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