Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $525,000)
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC) will partner with Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division (the Court) in Cuyahoga County, Ohio for this project to increase protective factors and prevent further delinquent behavior by girls involved with the Court and who have experienced sexual violence. The project’s focus will be on girls in Cuyahoga County who are involved with the county’s juvenile justice system, as well as their parents/caregivers. This group of girls will be referred to CRCC’s proposed programming by the Court if they are screened for sexual violence victimization and disclose sexual trauma of some degree. Project activities will include crucial early intervention through evidence-based psychoeducational groups and prevention sessions, as well as case management services for the girls and their families, as appropriate. CRCC and the Court currently collaborate to provide intervention and prevention services to girls who have been victims of human trafficking, specifically, but a very noticeable and pressing gap in existence for girls in the system who have not been trafficked, but who have experienced sexual trauma.