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Volunteer Advocate for Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis hotline

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Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services of Cumberland County

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Do you have a passion for helping your community? Are you empathetic and a good listener? Would you like to help make a difference in the life of someone in crisis?

Then consider joining YWCA Carlisle's Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services of Cumberland County for a sexual assault counselor/advocate training to learn about how to offer non-judgmental emotional support, crisis counseling, and resource information to survivors of sexual assault and other interested parties. There is no fee to participate.

The next training begins September 2021 and consists of 12 sessions. It is yet to be determined if the sessions will be over Zoom or in person.

Please contact Sherie Ruf, Volunteer Coordinator, at (717) 243-3818 or for more detailed information.

Volunteers serve on the hotline and may return to accompanying survivors to local hospitals post Covid. Currently all advocacy is conducted over the phone. As part of the comprehensive 40-hour training, which includes instruction on the psychological, medical, and legal implications of sexual assault, volunteers gain the tools necessary to feel comfortable and be successful in this important role. Crisis intervention and counseling skills are developed through discussion, role-plays, and feedback.

Volunteers are required to be over 18 years of age, and to have updated Child Abuse, Criminal Background, and FBI Fingerprint clearances prior to the start of their first hotline shift. We also require a valid driver's license.

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About Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services of Cumberland County


301 G Street, Carlisle, PA 17013, US

Mission Statement

Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services of Cumberland County, a program of YWCA Carlisle, strives to provide a supportive atmosphere for victims of sexual violence and their significant others in order to facilitate their healing and empowerment.


YWCA Carlisle is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services of Cumberland County, a program of YWCA Carlisle, offers a 24-hour hotline for victims of rape and sexual assault, accompaniment to legal and medical proceedings, individual counseling for victims and their significant others, support groups, advocacy, and prevention/education programs to professional and civic groups, and students in Cumberland County schools.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Crisis Support


Thu Sep 02, 2021 - Tue Oct 05, 2021


301 G StreetCarlisleCarlisle, PA 17013


  • Relationship Building
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Community Outreach
  • Problem Solving
  • Counseling / Mental Health




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 40 hours
  • Online webinar modules to be completed.

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