April 2019
Start by Believing
Clara Reynolds, President & CEO

April is sexual assault awareness month and as Hillsborough County’s only certified rape crisis center, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is using this time to highlight the international #StartByBelieving campaign. I know you are wondering why so I want to provide you with some startling statistics:

• Did you know that the Crisis Center performs nearly a rape exam a day?? 
• Did you also know that as few as one in five rape victims report their sexual assault? 
• Why so few, you ask?? 

Because even in the light of the #MeToo movement, too many victims of sexual violence are afraid to come forward for this simple reason – “I’m afraid no one will believe me”.

Read more from Clara by clicking below.
Ashley Finds a Path to Safety at the Crisis Center
Ashley had just been sexually assaulted by her partner, Rich. In the early hours of the morning, she decided it was time to take immediate steps for her own well-being and the safety of her 8-year-old daughter, Ava. 

She came to the Crisis Center.

Ashley chose to receive the forensic examination and started working with Lucia, a victim advocate at the Crisis Center. She knew her decision to seek help signaled the end of her relationship with Rich and an uncertain future.

Read more about the Ashley's story by clicking below.
Safe and Comfortable Trauma Counseling at CC’s House
Clara Reynolds and Cornelia Corbett cut the ribbon at CC's House
On Friday, April 12, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay officially opened its fourth trauma counseling location with a special ribbon-cutting event at CC’s House. The new location is named after Crisis Center board member, Cornelia Corbett, who is affectionately called "CC" by her grandchildren. Nestled in the heart of South Tampa, CC’s House is a bungalow with a private entrance and fenced parking. Counseling sessions take place in one of CC’s House’s three counseling suites. Confidentiality and comfort is of utmost importance as visitors go through their healing journey.

Speakers at the event included Crisis Center President & CEO Clara Reynolds, Tampa City Councilman Guido Maniscalco, and Crisis Center board members Jamie Klingman, Dr. Dae Sheridan, and Cornelia Corbett.

Individuals interested in learning more about CC’s House can visit CCsHouse.com and call 813-605-0124.
A Great Day for a Swim: Strokes for Hope
On Saturday, April 6th Clara Reynolds, Jamie Klingman and a group of open-water swimmers and kayakers gathered at the docks behind the Marriott Waterside for the 4th annual Strokes for Hope. The open water group travelled the 6.2 mile perimeter around Davis Islands to raise funds and awareness for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Local swim clubs also participated in the event by holding long-distance swims at pools in Tampa.

The event raised over $13,000 for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay! Many thanks to the Strokes for Hope team, Bart Cobb and Kathy Smith for their $5,000 challenge gift, and everyone who made a special donation!

Be certain to watch the video above for a message from Clara that was shot right before the team headed out.
Take the Start by Believing Pledge!
When a sexual assault survivor comes to the Crisis Center for support, whether hours or years after their assault, our advocates always respond in the same way: by believing that survivor. It takes an incredible amount of strength and courage to tell a stranger about the horror they just experienced, and our staff members recognize and celebrate that.

That is why this April, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we are participating in the Start by Believing campaign. Thousands of people have joined the global campaign to transform the way we respond to sexual assault. Join us today. Make a commitment to Start by Believing and help survivors on the road to justice and healing. To take the Start by Believing pledge, click HERE.
Crisis Center Honored By Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County
The Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County (ECC) operates the Help Me Grow Hillsborough program, which promotes early identification of developmental, behavioral, and educational concerns for children from birth to 8 years old. This is done by providing free screenings and linking families to community-based services and support. The Crisis Center plays a vital role in this process by providing free telephone screenings and connection to community resources through 2-1-1.

On Thursday, April 4, the ECC honored the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay’s work in the community by presenting the agency with its community partnership award for “providing critical services to Hillsborough County.”
Take a Tour of the Crisis Center!
Gateway to Healing Tours 
Listen to stories about the people we help. See the facilities where we offer healing to clients. Hear about the urgent needs of the families we serve. Find ways to join us in making a difference in our community.

Tuesday, April 16th
Thursday, May 23rd
To learn more and register,
Join Us at Helping Hands Happy Hour April 30th!
April's Helping Hands Happy Hour will be benefiting the Crisis Center! A $20 donation will get you one drink ticket, free appetizers, and the chance to network with a fun group while supporting our mission. Join us at Centre Club Tampa on Tuesday, April 30th from 5:30 - 7:00pm.
Take Back The Stage: April 20th
Take Back the Stage shines a light on the journey of healing experienced by survivors of sexual violence. The event is an opportunity for survivors to share their stories through art and performance. Each performance represents the complex feelings that follow trauma and the choice survivors make to thrive. Take Back the Stage is a safe, non-judgmental space for survivors to gather and inspire one another to seek hope and healing. The event will include performances, visual arts, interactive activities, and an opportunity to share personal stories of survival.

For tickets to this free event, click HERE.

Take Back the Stage
Saturday, April 20th
The Portico
1001 North Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
Thank you Cup of Compassion 2019 Sponsors!
Thank you Corporate Partners!
Thank you Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Funders!