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History

Established in 1973, the Center was one of the first programs in the country to respond to the needs of sexual assault victims. Begun as a pilot project primarily addressing the emergency needs of rape victims, the program has evolved and grown into a center which provides a range of services to people affected not only by sexual assault but by other traumatic events as well.

1976 First research grant awarded, NIMH.
1977-80 Developed specialized children's services for which Exemplary Project Award was received from NIJ
1980-83 Served as one of five National Training Institutes on establishing community services for sexually abused children.
1983-85 Worked to fund and establish services in east King County, Eastside Sexual Assault Center for Children (now CRC).
1988 Statewide Medical Training Program, funded by DSHS, is established
1988 Center's offices expand and are moved off site to 14th & E. Jefferson.
1995 Funding received from Victims of Crime Act to establish crime-related Traumatic Stress counseling services.
1997 Center is initially accredited as a Community Sexual Assault Center through the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy. Accreditation is on going.
1997 Statewide Investigative Interview Training, funded by DSHS, is established.
1998 Center is awarded statewide Foster Care Assessment Program by DSHS, with consortium of collaborating agencies.
2002 National Child Traumatic Stress Network grant awarded, funded by SAMSHA.
2006 Certified/Accredited member agency King County Crime Victim Service Center