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Sexual assault helpline
REGION -- Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services, known in Oxford County as REACH, announces that SAVES (it’s Franklin County services) will begin its Fall Sexual Assault Crisis Helpline advocacy training program in October.
REACH and SAVES are looking for local volunteers who would like to give their time to provide support and assistance via the agency’s 24-hour helpline. Classes will run from October 3 to November 28 and will include a series of Wednesday evening sessions, as well as two Saturday classes. This free training is available to people in Franklin and Northern Oxford Counties.
Helpline Advocates come from many walks of life--students, professionals, all genders, and anyone over the age of 18 are welcome to attend the training. The only qualifications are that the advocate have a compassionate heart, an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a desire to have the chance to make a difference in the lives of people affected by sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, stalking and sexual harassment.
The training gives all advocates specialized training in crisis intervention skills, legal and medical response, and numerous other issues pertaining to sexual violence. It also provides participants with skills that can improve their own lives and relationships. Advocates have the opportunity to collect a small stipend for covering evening, weekend and holiday shifts.
College students of certain majors may be able to receive credit for their training and advocacy work. For further information or an application for the program, contact SAVES by phone at 778-9522 between the hours of 9-5, Monday through Friday, by e-mail at email@example.com, or by going to the office at 227 Main St., Holman House second floor, Farmington.
For nearly 30 years, SAVES and REACH have helped people in Franklin and Oxford County recover from the trauma of sexual violence. Their educational programs are designed to reshape common attitudes and beliefs that make sexual violence common. In October of 2011, SAVES of Franklin County, REACH of Oxford County and SACC of Androscoggin County merged to create Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services.