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 | Nov 9, 2017
Center for Safety & Change Provides Services for Two Human Trafficking Survivors

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 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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Aug 17, 2017
The Center for Safety & Change Assists Young Victim and Her Family

By Melissa Place | Grant Manager

May 22, 2017
8-year-old Rape Victim Courageously Brings Perpetrator to Justice

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
$5,852 raised of $20,000 goal
148 donations
$14,148 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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