Monday, October 5, 2009

Visitors from Milwaukee

from Dan Clark, Director of Professional Training and Outreach

On September 28th and 29th, members of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team (CCSART) hosted visitors from Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s SART and Sexual Assault Advocacy Allies.

The Milwaukee team chose to visit Cleveland after conducting research to identify best practice models throughout the United States and upon recommendations of a widely cited researcher on sexual assault topics from Michigan State University and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. According to the team’s consultant, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center was identified as a best practice model in large part due to its effective collaboration between community, government and business entities, the high level of involvement and outreach of its staff and advocacy volunteers, and its strong growth in its 35 years of existence.

The following is an excerpt from an email received after the Milwaukee team returned home “We are just THRILLED with the results from our trip. You might want to prepare for CRCC getting a strong reputation as a technical assistance site -- you really showed us how it's done!” My sincere thanks go out to everyone associated with CRCC for helping to make us a nationally-recognized for serving survivors of sexual assault.

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