CLEVELAND — The door is always open at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and at no time in its history has that been as true since May 6, 2013, the day Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued and their story was told.
“Whether Amanda, Gina or Michelle know it, people look to them as role models and heroes,” said Sondra Miller.
Miller is the CEO of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, dedicated to helping survivors of sexual violence. Hours after the rescue of the Seymour survivors, the phones didn’t stop ringing at the center’s office downtown.
“We saw an immediate spike in the number of hotline calls we were receiving and the number of people walking through our doors,” said Miller.
People were inspired by the rescue of Amanda, Gina and Michelle, and although it sounds somewhat morbid, it’s those kind of events that end up helping others.
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