Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

Connie Pillich and Rich Cordray
Dan Konik / Statehouse News

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Feb. 15:

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a milestone today regarding a big part of the thousands of forgotten rape-investigation kits.

When DeWine took office in 2011, he started the effort to test the thousands of rape kits languishing on police department shelves across the state. He says of the nearly 14,000 submitted, some more than two decades old, all of those from Cuyahoga County have now been tested.

The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is expanding thanks to a $3 million grant from the state Attorney General’s office.

The center provides community outreach, sexual abuse services on college campuses, and a 24-hour hotline.

The center’s president Sondra Miller says that the next step is to branch out from Cleveland and create a regional office in Westlake.

Anti-human trafficking sign

Inquiries about human trafficking went up during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland when an estimated 50,000 people came to town.  

A spike was predicted because large events can generate increased human trafficking cases.

A Northeast Ohio anti-human trafficking group says a public education effort launched a few weeks before the RNC contributed to the rise in attention to the issue.

Photo of Miller
The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

 The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

The money will be used to further the center’s services for survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

The funds will also allow the center to expand to Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, as well as to the campuses of Cleveland State and Baldwin Wallace.