by Martha Sadler
The Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center (SBRCC) is issuing a special call for men to train as counselors for sexual assault survivors, and to act as community educators with the center’s Speakers Bureau. Each April — Sexual Assault Awareness Month — SBRCC coordinates an educational push; this year, the center aims to recruit more men to actively fight sexual violence as part of a statewide campaign called My Strength Is Not for Hurting. Counselors, teachers, and youth workers — including representatives from Isla Vista Teen Center, Noah’s Anchorage, and La Casa de la Raza — attended forums last month on how to encourage young men to act as allies to girls and women. Sexual Assault Awareness Week at Dos Pueblos High School — beginning Monday, April 17 — will feature self-defense training for young women and a workshop for male students conducted by UCSB Men Against Rape. The SBRCC will also hold trainings for sexual assault counselors and educators from April 14 through June 12, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-10 p.m. Call 963-6832 for information and an application.