The Safe Alliance Rape Crisis Services Program has changed its name to the Sexual Trauma Resource Center (STRC). We talked with Mecklenburg STRC Supervisor Cori Goldstein, LCSW, about this change and how it betters communicates/positions the work that we do for clients impacted by sexual violence. Cori, please tell us about the re-branding of this important program.
A: As a trauma informed agency, it was important for us to have a name that truly covers all the work we do with all survivors of sexual assault. With the name Sexual Trauma Resource Center it shows the scope of clients that we serve. Some of the clients that we serve might not fit into the definition of ‘rape crisis’ but still are in need of advocacy and support services. We want our name to clearly demonstrate and reflect the scope of survivors that we serve; whether we are getting a call for a client that is in the Emergency Room due to a recent sexual assault, a hotline call from an adult survivor of child sexual abuse that is disclosing past abuse for the first time, or a member of our military who has experienced military sexual assault. We also recognized the limitations of the legal definition of rape and wanted to again be inclusive in recognizing all survivors of sexual assault are welcome to receive services through the Sexual Trauma Resource Center. We serve children, teens, and adult survivors of sexual assault, regardless of whether the sexual abuse just happened or happened years ago; regardless of whether it was reported to authorities or never reported; and regardless of whether a person had a rape kit completed or not. Within the scope of our services, we also effectively partner with survivors of groups that the community might not recognize is impacted by sexual violence, such as individuals with disabilities, survivors within the LGBT community, the elderly and those in nursing homes/assisted living facilities, as well as our military. We are proud to offer trauma informed care, as well as military informed care.
Describe for us the services available to clients at our Sexual Trauma Resource Center(s). What is the mission of the program and how are clients served?
A: The Sexual Trauma Resource Center currently provides services in three counties; Cabarrus County, Mecklenburg County (also in the Lake Norman area) and Union County. Each of our four locations continues to follow the overarching mission of Safe Alliance, providing hope and healing to people in crisis. We know that one of the first barriers that victims of sexual trauma has to overcome to seek help, is the fear of not being believed. Our philosophy is to believe and support clients, accepting them as they are, regardless of their life circumstances. Each STRC location is available to help with advocacy and provide crisis support. Services include 24 hour crisis lines, safety planning services, hospital accompaniment, case management, support groups, assistance/support with reporting their victimization, court education, court accompaniment, community education, systems advocacy, assistance with victim’s compensation, and assistance with the NC Address Confidentiality Program. Each location also has trauma counseling so advocates can help in connecting clients with counseling services within the agency. In Union County, we also operate The Tree House Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). The Tree House CAC is a community based, coordinated response to child victims of sexual or physical abuse. The Tree House CAC provides a neutral, child-friendly location for forensic interviews, medical evaluations, advocacy and support for child/teen victims and non-offending family members.
Importantly, if a sexual assault victim or non-offending family member needs to contact one of our STRC’s, what is the process and where are our STRC’s located?
A: If an individual is in crisis they can contact our Sexual Assault Hotline for the specific county they are located in. All hotlines are staffed 24/7 with a trained representative to provide crisis intervention and answer any questions that an individual might have. To seek non-urgent services during business hours and/or to schedule an appointment with a Victim Advocate, you can contact each office directly.
- Cabarrus County Location:
952 Copperfield Blvd.
Concord, NC 28025
24-Hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 704.721-0110
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday 8 am-8 pm, Friday Closed
- Mecklenburg County Locations:
Children and Family Service Center Location:
601 E. Fifth Street, Suite 400
Charlotte, NC 28202
24/7Rape Crisis Hotline: 704-375-9900
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 8 am – 8 pm, Friday Closed for appointments
Lake Norman Location:
9606 Bailey Rd. Suite 240
Cornelius, NC 28031
24/7 Rape Crisis Hotline: 704-375-9900
Hours of Operation
Monday through Wednesday 11 am-8 pm
Thursday 9 am-5 pm, Friday Closed for appointments
- Union County Location:
604 Lancaster Highway (200 S)
Monroe, NC 28112
24-Hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 704-283-7770
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-8:00 pm, Fridays closed for appointments