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 | Oct 23, 2018
The Center 's Special Victims Program provides over 6,500 services to 220 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 6,726 services to 220 victims in the Special Victims Program.

This quarter:
The Center's Director of Children, Youth, & Counseling Services reports:
1) A woman and her child were referred to the Center following an incident where the child reported a sex abuse allegation against the father. The parent was referred by a community agency and requested to meet with Center staff due to concerns about the child and ways parent could assist child. The parent had already filed a vacate order of protection and hired an attorney to assist with divorce. This child is currently receiving counseling services.

2) A 10 year old girl had been receiving therapy services due to sexual abuse. She was reluctant to talk about what had occurred and did not want to process feelings about the abuse. The staff continued to provide support, establish a relationship with the child, and engage the child in art interventions. She began opening up about the incident and feelings of embarrassment about what happened. The child recently discussed how coming to the Center is a safe place and feels comfortable processing her feelings and thoughts about the abuse.

The Center's Coordinator of Anti-Traffcking Services reports: A sustainable program is nothing without education, training and relationship building with different service providers. The working relationships between the Center and various Rockland County high schools proves how vital it is to have community members well trained and knowledgeable of the existance of human trafficking as well as the services we offer.  This past quarter, one of the local high schools completed the Office of Children and Family Services trafficking check list and referred a 15 year old to the Center for services.  The client is a survivor of sexual assault and trafficking. This client continues to receive counseling sevices and attends support group.

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Jul 31, 2018
The Center for Safety & Change serves 215 Sexual Trauma Victims

By Melissa Place | Grant Manager

May 1, 2018
Center for Safety & Change provides over 6,000 services to 212 sexual assault survivors

By Melissa Place | Grant Manager

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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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