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 | Feb 5, 2018
Justice for Jenna*- Perpetrator Found Guilty!

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 (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..

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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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