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Rape Trauma Services


Looking for a meaningful experience and a way to give back?

Become a CA State Certified Sexual Assault Counselor (SAC) and support individuals impacted by sexual violence. We welcome people ages 18+ with all levels of life experience who are passionate about helping others heal from sexual violence. No prior experience is necessary.

Rape Trauma Services (RTS), is San Mateo County's only rape crisis center. We support our survivor community with volunteers like you!

Volunteers must reside in or near San Mateo County, CA and complete a comprehensive training through RTS.

With the limitations in place due to COVID-19, we are planning to hold the fall training virtually Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm-9:30 pm and Saturdays 9 am-12:30 pm from Sept. 30 to Nov. 20, with one in-person training in San Carlos.

After completing our training, volunteer Sexual Assault Counselors commit to 52 shifts/~one year of service (a 6-12 hour shift per week), which includes:

      • taking calls on the RTS crisis line
      • meeting with survivors (when the Shelter In Place Order is lifted) to provide support and advocacy post assault and when reporting
      • engaging in community outreach
Volunteers receive on-going support, mentoring and education/training.

This is a great opportunity to give back to your community while learning new skills! Read about some of our volunteers' experiences: https:// rape-trauma-services/role:1

Please visit our website to register to attend an Info Session and/or to complete an application: If you have questions, email

We will reach out to you to schedule an interview once your application is received. We look forward to hearing from you!

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About Rape Trauma Services


1860 El Camino Real, Suite 406, Burlingame, CA 94010, US

Mission Statement

Rape Trauma Services of San Mateo County strives to eliminate all forms of violence, with a special focus on sexual assault and abuse. Informed by our understanding of traumatic experiences and cycles of violence, we facilitate healing and the prevention of violence through the provision of counseling, advocacy and education. We promote and adopt policies, practices and social values rooted in fairness, equity, and inclusiveness.


Rape Trauma Services (RTS) was founded in 1995 to address the unmet need in San Mateo County for comprehensive services for survivors of sexual violence and other forms of abuse.

Prior to 1995, rape counseling was a one-person program of the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center of San Mateo County. Today, RTS is the only organization in San Mateo County providing comprehensive sexual assault services for survivors and their loved ones while working in the community to prevent sexual assault, end cycles of violence, and educate residents and providers about sexual violence and other kinds of abuse.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Crisis Support


We'll work with your schedule.


1860 El Camino RealSuite 406BurlingameBurlingame, CA 94010


  • Data Entry
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • People Skills


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • After completing our training, volunteer Sexual Assault Counselors commit to 52 shifts/~one year of service (a 6-12 hour shift per week).
  • Volunteers must have reliable transportation and access to a phone during their shifts.

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