Support rape victims ages 4 to 71 years old

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

Project Report | Apr 15, 2019
The Center provides 6,186 services to 193 sexual trauma victims

By Melissa Place | Grant Manager

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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Jan 15, 2019
Two Young Sexual Assault Victims Receive Services at the Center

By Melissa Place | Grant Manager

Oct 23, 2018
The Center 's Special Victims Program provides over 6,500 services to 220 victims

By Melissa Place | Grant Manager

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Organization Information

Center for Safety & Change

Location: New City, NY - USA
Website:
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Twitter: @Center4SC
Project Leader:
Melissa Place
Grant Manager
New City , NY United States
$5,852 raised of $20,000 goal
 
148 donations
$14,148 to go
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$10
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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.
$25
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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.
$50
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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.
$100
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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.
$150
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will pay for a special victims/sexual assault advocate to help a victim through hotline calls, counseling, advocacy, and hospital and court accompaniment.
$250
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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
$500
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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.
$2,500
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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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