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Tampa Bay Crisis Center Opens Second Rape Crisis Site in South Hillsborough County

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL. – The Tampa Bay Crisis Center announced today that it plans to open a second sexual assault and crisis services facility in the south. Hillsborough County.

The new facility will be the second location in Hillsborough County where sexual assault victims can receive a rape kit, which collects DNA evidence from victims to aid in the prosecution of cases. sexual assault.

The Tampa Bay Crisis Center is a certified rape crisis center for Hillsborough County. It created a very private and empowered process for survivors to receive a rape kit, work with a victim advocate and connect with community resources.

These services are currently available at the Crisis Center main facility off Bearss Avenue in Tampa. The same system of care will continue at the Bearss facility and will be replicated at the south county site to bring these resources closer to Ruskin, Brandon, Wimauma and the rest of southern Hillsborough.

“We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from the Hillsborough County Councilors and in particular for the support of Commissioner Harry Cohen and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The South County has seen a significant population boom and it has an underserved population when it comes to crisis intervention services. We aim to create an easy experience for everyone to connect to support,” said Clara Reynolds, President & CEO of the Tampa Bay Crisis Center.

The new Tampa Bay facility’s Crisis Center is scheduled to open in August 2022 and will be located within the Hillsborough South Shore County Community Resource Center at 201 14 SE Avenue, Ruskin, Florida.

The Hillsborough County Councilors recently voted to pass a resolution authorizing the approval of the licensing agreement regarding the use of the space.

Anyone can connect to these services by calling 211. Calls are secure and answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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DUSTIN JONES

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