Sexual Assault Hospital Advocate
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Every 98 seconds another person experiences sexual assault in the United States. Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. While we’re making progress - the number of assaults has fallen by more than half since 1993 - even today, only 6 out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison (RAINN, 2019).
That's where you come in. Sexual Assault Hospital Advocates provide emotional support and advocacy to rape victims during SANE exams - a medical exam during which a specially-trained nurse collects forensic evidence for a rape kit. Victims frequently experience fear, shame, and post-traumatic symptoms that make it difficult to come forward. Having a kind, compassionate, and knowledgeable advocate on their side can make all the difference.
Hospital Advocates make sure victims are heard, believed, and supported during and after the SANE exam. They make sure victims understand what is happening and are comfortable. After the exam, Advocates safety plan and provide referrals to local resources for counseling and any other support services the person may need. At all times Advocates must speak up for the best interests of the client.
It takes a special person to do this work. Do you have what it takes? Fill out an application at http://dvis.org/donate/volunteer-2/.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
We'll work with your schedule.
Hillcrest Hospital - Helmerich Women's Center1120 S Utica AveTulsa, OK 74104
- Crisis Intervention
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- On-call position after successful completion of orientation, online victim advocacy training, and shadowing program. Total training = 30 hrs + 16 hrs in-service after 1st yr. Must sign up for one shift per month. Shifts available Friday - Sunday.
- Must be non-judgmental, compassionate, reliable, and passionate about speaking up for others. Must have clear interpersonal boundaries, reliable transportation, a cell phone, and live within 30 minutes of Hillcrest Hospital.