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Rape Crisis to Conduct Volunteer Training Sessions August 22, 2008

Media Contact:
Anne Ealick Henry
Executive Director, Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services
aealickhenry@uh.org
706/774-2740

Volunteers essential to supporting victims of sexual assault

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA (8/22/08) – Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services, the only provider of services to survivors of Sexual Assault in the CSRA, will have their next volunteer training Sept. 4–18. Anyone interested in volunteering with this organization that is vital to the community is invited to attend the first session on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 5:30–9 p.m. in Cafeteria Room No. 1 at University Hospital.

Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services is a United Way supported agency, operating under University Hospital, which provides help for survivors of sexual assault regardless of how long ago it happened or whether it was reported.

Sexual assault is an act of violence that is intended to control or humiliate, according to Anne Ealick Henry, executive director of Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services at University. “As the most underreported of all crimes, it is more widespread than most people recognize,” she explained.

One out of three women and one out of five men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. Rape and sexual abuse are often labeled “crimes of silence” because of low reporting rates and social discomfort with their public discussion.

“The success of services provided by Rape Crisis depends exclusively on our volunteers,” Ms. Henry said. “For more than 30 years, Rape Crisis has provided the CSRA with a 24-hour Crisis Line, emergency room advocacy at all area hospitals, court and legal advocacy, community education and counseling and therapy for survivors of sexual assault. Our volunteers are the very core which has allowed the Program to continue for more than three decades.”

Included in the formal training are presentations that address a variety of issues related to sexual assault, including how these types of cases are investigated and prosecuted and about the emotional aspects of this crime. To become a volunteer with Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services, you must be able to attend all of the scheduled sessions. The training will be completed by attending self defense classes, of which the dates, times, and locations will be announced at training.

The full volunteer training schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, Sept. 4: 5:30-9 p.m. University Cafeteria Classroom No. 1
  • Friday, Sept. 5: 6-9 p.m. University Cafeteria Classroom No. 1
  • Saturday, Sept. 6: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. University Cafeteria Classroom No. 1
  • Sunday, Sept. 7: 1-5 p.m. University Cafeteria Classroom No. 1
  • Monday, Sept. 8: 5:30-9 p.m. University Cafeteria Classroom No. 6

Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services offers volunteer training six times per year for people interested in being counselors for victims of rape or sexual assault. For more information on volunteer training, contact Lauren Wertz, Volunteer Coordinator at 706/774-2746 or for information on services provided by Rape Crisis, call 706/774-2740. The 24-hour crisis line is 706/724-5200.

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