CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is launching a special hot line in hopes of hearing from those who survived encounters at the house where remains of 11 women were found.
Police say the women were lured to the home of registered sex offender Anthony Sowell with the promise of alcohol or getting high. Authorities say Sowell then strangled them and left their bodies in his house or buried in the backyard.
Sowell remains in jail on $6 million bond on five preliminary charges of aggravated murder.
The hot line, opening Monday, will be staffed 24 hours a day by a licensed therapist.
Sowell pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges in an alleged attack on a woman at his home in September. That case led to the discovery of the bodies.