Support rape victims ages 4 to 71 years old

by Center for Safety & Change
Support rape victims ages 4 to 71 years old


Every 2 minutes someone in America is sexually abused. 44% of victims are under age 18. In 2013, the Center for Safety & Change provided more than 3,000 services to survivors of sexual assault, through the Center's counseling, advocacy, therapy and hospital and court accompaniment programs. The victims' ages ranged from a woman who was 71 years old, to three girls who were each only 4 years old. In addition the Center runs violence prevention programs for teens, designed to help prevent abuse.

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This year, the Center's primary funding for sexual assault and prevention services was not renewed, placing these programs in a critical situation. As of January 2015, this could leave victims of sexual assault, as young as 4 without trained support and advocacy services at the hospital and in court. Without making up for the lost funds, we simply cannot afford the staff to perform these type of services for all of the victims who report to the hospitals, police, the Center or other agencies.


This project will help sustain the Center's critical, decades-old and proven services to the women, children and men in our community who survived sexual assault. Furthermore, it will help reduce future sexual assaults through the in-school and college-based prevention programs, where youth learn how they can create better, safer relationships when they have reliable information, guidance, experience, and models of healthy, respectful, non-abusive relationships.

Long-Term Impact

We will help approximately 300 survivors of sexual assault process and deal with the trauma they experienced, helping them heal and move on with their lives. Additionally, about 3,000 high school and college students each year will become knowledgeable on topics such as respectful and healthy relationships, dating violence, sexual assault, the laws on consent, gender roles, controlling behaviors, bullying/cyber bullying, media literacy, bystander issues, and how to find help.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Organization Information

Center for Safety & Change

Location: New City, NY - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Center4SC
Project Leader:
Melissa Place
Grant Manager
New City , NY United States
$5,882 raised of $20,000 goal
151 donations
$14,118 to go
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will pay for materials used to train middle and high school students, as well as college students about violence prevention. They need flip charts, pens and note cards for active participation.
can provide advocates to respond to 2 calls to the Center's 24-hour hotline helping a victim take the first steps to safety and justice if they so choose.
provides 1 comfort kit for a rape victim. Victims' clothes are often destroyed or kept for evidence. A kit includes sweatpants, a top, undergarments, slippers, toothbrush, toothpaste and toiletries.
provides 2 comfort kits for rape victims. Victims' clothes are often destroyed or required as evidence. Kits include sweatpants, a top, undergarments, slippers, toothbrush, toothpaste and toiletries.
will pay for a special victims/sexual assault advocate to help a victim through hotline calls, counseling, advocacy, and hospital and court accompaniment.
will pay for 1 on-campus sexual assault prevention training session for students, resident advisers or faculty at one of the 5 local colleges or at any one of Rockland County's 8 high schools
will pay for half of the recruitment and training of Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE), who are specially trained nurses to examine rape victims and collect evidence at the 2 local hospitals.
will pay for one of the Center's trained trauma therapists to provide trauma counseling for up to 6 months for a child who is a victim of sexual assault.
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