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 | Aug 26, 2016
Sexual Trauma Program helps 160 victims

By Melissa Place | Grants Manager


The Center for Safety & Change, Inc. (CSC) is a nonprofit agency serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes in Rockland County, NY.  Since its inception in 1979, CSC, formerly known as Rockland Family Shelter, has been the sole service provider to victims of sexual assault and their families. CSC’s Sexual Assault Program includes a 24-hour rape crisis hotline, counseling and therapy, a 15-bed emergency residential shelter, services for families of survivors, support groups, and a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner program at both of Rockland’s acute care hospitals. According to the Rape Abuse7 Incest National Network, there are 288,820 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.

In the last reporting quarter (March-May 2016) CSC’s Sexual Trauma Program provided 2,105 direct services to 177 victims, of which 59 were new clients.  This reporting period (June-August 2016), the Sexual Trauma Program provided 2,521 services to 160 victims, of which 63 were new clients.

During this reporting period, we were called by the Emergency Departments for 13 cases of rape, thirteen of which involved individuals under the age of 18. A Forensic Examiner and a Rape Crisis Counselor/Advocate responded to every case. The nurse and the advocates worked together to address all the immediate needs of the survivor, including medical, psychological and involvement with law enforcement.  In addition, despite the difficulties in recruiting nurses, CSC’s Senior Coordinator of the SAFE program successfully recruited two nurses to attend the New York State Department of Health- Certified Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner course to receive their SAFE certifications. Both of these nurses have signed a letter of commitment to be on-call each month to respond to sexual assault cases at our hospitals through our SAFE program. One of the nurses is fluent in sign language.

Lastly, CSC’s Children & Youth Department provided services to an individual who was sexually abused as an 8 year old. After working with her, she learned the abuse was not her fault, and although she wished she disclosed earlier, she understood the many reasons she could not talk about what happened at the time. This piece of artwork (attached in the report) symbolizes the hope she still feels that she can heal from the abuse and enjoy her life.

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Jun 2, 2016
Support Services for Rape Victims Quarterly Report

By Melissa Place | Grants Manager

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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
$5,862 raised of $20,000 goal
149 donations
$14,138 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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