Currently, the Stark County Chapter is the only Red Cross Chapter in the nation that has a Rape Crisis program. These unique programs and services are led by a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who facilitates the client through the recovery process utilizing discussion, journaling, education and art therapy. All of the Rape Crisis Programs accessible through the Red Cross are offered at no charge. We provide services to over 600 individuals each year and statistics continue to grow and reflect the need in our community to continue these services.
Direct ServicesShort-Term Counseling - Provide individual, family and group therapy by a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.A 24-hour Hotline Service - Provide emotional support, information and referrals to callers. Hotline: (330) 452-1111Hospital Support - An advocate can accompany the individual to the hospital and stay with them throughout the medical examination or have the hospital call us for an advocate to come and be with the survivor.Court Support - An advocate can provide support throughout the court system.Police Support - An advocate can accompany the individual during the police questioning.
Education & Training
Prevention education programs are available for a wide variety of audiences. The programs are age appropriate and may deal with various issues relating to the crime of rape.
Children's Programs:Careful KidsFree To Be Me Self-EsteemJunior & High School Students: Abduction PreventionSelf-EsteemDate RapeSexual HarassmentSexual Abuse PreventionOlder Audiences, Service Providers & Professionals: Rape OverviewDate RapeSexual Harassment
Contact the office for more details or to schedule a presentation at 330-437-3747.
All services are free and confidential.
Sweat Suit Project
Rape Crisis advocates provide new sweat suits to survivors at the hospital when their clothes are taken for evidence. Being provided with new sweats is one more way to empower these individuals who have been degraded and humiliated through their victimization.
Because we assist a large number of survivors, our supply of sweats is rapidly depleted. The Sweat suit Project is a program that receives new sweats through generous community donations. It enables our advocates to continue providing this important service.
In addition to sweat suits, we also provide "Comfort Kits." These kits contain personal care items that individuals may use after the examination at the hospital or when they return home.
Rape Crisis Survivor’s Advocate
Responsibilities:Volunteers will assist with a 24 hour Rape Crisis Hotline after hours when the Chapter office is closed, 4:30 PM-8:30AM weekdays and 24 hours on weekends and holidays.Volunteers respond to crisis calls at area hospitals to provide support and information to survivor and his/her family.Volunteers will be contacted by after hours workers with needed information. You may be contacted by pager, borrowed from chapter, cell phone, or home phone. You do not have to sit home and wait for the phone to ring. Volunteers are asked to attend quarterly informational meetings for Rape Crisis Services.Qualifications: Ability to be a compassionate listener, willingness to handle sensitive issues involved with sexual assault in a mature, professional manner. Must be able to maintain complete confidentiality.Length of Commitment-Number of Hours:Suggested 2 shifts per month, but Red Cross is flexible depending on volunteer's availability. Shifts are; 8:30 AM-4:30 PM and 4:30 PM-8:30 AM, 7 days a week including weekends and holidays.
Training to be completed:
10 hours of training provided by Rape Crisis staff.