If you are at least 18 years old and think you’d like to become an advocate, please contact RRS to get a Prospective Volunteer Packet. As Volunteer Advocate, you can:
- Accompany victims/survivors through medical examinations
- Accompany victims/survivors to law enforcement interviews and court appearances
- Offer help to survivors and their supporters by giving referral information for needed services such as mental health counseling, medical services and legal services
- Table at community events and provide valuable information to community members
- Assist in the planning and execution of RRS events & fundraising efforts
In their own words, this is why some of our advocates have become involved.
“I feel the victims of sexual assault do not get as much support as victims of other crimes, and that this is a way to give to these victims.”
“I have been touched by sexual violence personally in my life and know what it is like not having any support, so I thought this was a way for me to give to someone something I did not have in my experience.”
“I believe sexual violence is something we can prevent if more people knew how!”
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, complete Rape Response Services’ comprehensive advocate training, make a one-year commitment, have access to reliable transportation and telephone, and be willing to make a commitment to at least one shift of their choice a week. Background checks are completed on all Advocates.
If you are interested in learning more or in receiving a Prospective Volunteer Packet, contact Angel Shaw at 973-3661 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Our next training will begin on April 26, 2016 in Bangor. The training will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30pm to 8:30pm ending on June 9th.