Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Become a Rape Hotline Volunteer!

After this year’s Take Back the Night, mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake shared pertinent information on the crisis of rape in Baltimore City. TurnAround, Inc. is working with the Mayor's Office and Police Department to help find justice for victims of rape whose cases were mishandled by police and help find a better way to respond to victims.  To do this, they have created a hotline for victims, 443-279-0379.  However, we know this is not enough. 

To make sure this never happens again, TurnAround, Inc. is taking the hotline city-wide and full-time. Through the hotline, rape victims will be provided with confidential crisis counseling, advocacy if they would like an old case re-visited, and an important connection for police officers to quality victim services.  But to make this expansion possible, we'll need volunteers. 

This is an ideal volunteer opportunity since you can volunteer from home.  In addition, training will be provided this month to help you start helping other women.  To get started, we're having our first volunteer training in conjunction with Women Against Violence Everywhere’s (WAVE's) annual retreat on Saturday August 28th at Goucher College. If you have ever considered helping other women, becoming a TurnAround volunteer, or getting involved with WAVE, your attendance at this training is a must.  

Happenings at TurnAround...
·   TurnAround will be hosting a volunteer training session and retreat for women interested in helping other women Saturday August 28th from 10am-2pm at Goucher College.  This training will be in conjunction with WAVE and will cover the basics of being a TurnAround volunteer and advocate for survivors.  The retreat is free and lunch is provided but you must RSVP in advance.  Please contact Marie at 410-377-8111 ext. 112 or by email for more information. 

           Who should attend this training:   
·   Women interested in becoming volunteers for the new sexual assault hotline.
·   Women interested in joining WAVE or the Speaker's Bureau
·   Anyone interested in learning more about volunteering and advocacy for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence

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