PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, January 12, 2012

Train to Become a Sexual Assault Counselor

Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center (SBRCC) invites community members to make a difference by becoming a Sexual Assault Counselor! The course takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays, January 18 - March 21, 2012. 10:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Idalia Gomez, Training Coordinator, said, “The greatest gift you can give a survivor is your time and compassion. You don’t have to be an expert in these issues to begin the training, but just be willing to learn about how you can make a difference in a survivor’s life.” After completing the 60-hour training, volunteers will be state-certified as Sexual Assault Counselors. As such, they will provide emotional support and information to survivors and their loved ones through SBRCC’s 24-hour Hotline and in-person counseling, as well as providing accompaniment and advocacy services. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to join the SBRCC Speakers’ Bureau to work to end sexual violence through community education.

Community members who are 16-years-old and older are invited to apply, and men and individuals who are Spanish/English bilingual are especially encouraged to become involved. To learn more about training or to apply, contact Idalia Gomez as soon as possible at or 963-6832 x19. You can download an application by visiting SBRCC’s website.

SBRCC has been working since 1974 to support survivors of sexual assault and to create a community free from all forms of sexual violence. SBRCC offers a 24-hour hotline, crisis and long-term counseling, accompaniment and advocacy, support groups, self-defense programs, and sexual assault prevention education. All services are offered in Spanish and English and are available regardless of the ability to pay. SBRCC is an inclusive organization that welcomes individuals of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, classes, abilities, and ages.

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