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Volunteers sought to help victims of rape





Dinah Gunn says the name Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services can leave a false impression.

"Because of our name, I think most people don't associate that with children," she said. "Actually, most of our clients are children."

Gunn, who is the volunteer advocate coordinator for the organization, is recruiting volunteers to help sexual assault victims in and around McDuffie County. A training session for volunteers will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the sheriff's department training room.

There is no charge for the training, and no pay for the service.

"They'll do advocacy and crisis intervention in whichever county is closest to them," Gunn said. "Advocates will go into the ER when a victim comes into the emergency room, and they will provide them with information and emotional support, resources for them."

Gunn's office is located in Augusta. Its service area includes McDuffie, Jefferson, Columbia, Richmond and Burke counties. "And anybody who can get to the hospital within 30 minutes is welcome to volunteer with us," she said. That would include residents of Warren County, which depends on the Thomson hospital for such emergency treatment.

Anyone interested in service, or who has questions about the service, can call Gunn at (706) 774-2746.

The association also maintains a hot line, (706) 724-5200.

Gunn said the association has several advocates in the McDuffie area. "We have about seven active, and we just always need to maintain and replenish," she said.



Web posted on Thursday, October 06, 2011













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