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Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services seeks volunteer advocates

Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services is seeking volunteers to serve as victim advocates in the McDuffie County area.

Advocates should be able to respond to McDuffie Regional Medical Center within 30 minutes of being called when a sexual assault case presents at the hospital. Training will be provided.

Sexual violence is a crime motivated by control. It is a breach of trust and safety that occurs anytime a person is forced, coerced and/or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity. This can include rape, incest, child sexual abuse, acquaintance rape, statutory rape, marital or partner rape, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, exposure and voyeurism.

As the most underreported of all crimes, it is more widespread than most people recognize. One out of three women and one out of six 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.

About Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services

Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services has been providing victim advocacy for 35 years in the Augusta area, and is preparing to expand those services to McDuffie County and surrounding areas. The Office of the District Attorney, Toombs Judicial Circuit; McDuffie County Sheriff's Office and McDuffie Regional Medical Center are working in partnership with Rape Crisis to establish services. Working under the auspices of University Hospital, the mission of Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services is to provide crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling and prevention education to men, women, and children.

Services include:

24-hour Crisis Line

Advocacy and crisis intervention

Information and referral

Counseling and support groups

Children's prevention programs

Community education

Promotion of survivor's rights to know and choose possible courses of action

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer victim advocate or would like more information, contact Dinah Gunn at (706) 774-2746 or

Web posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010

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