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Rape Response training coming up in October
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Gale Adams, volunteer and direct services coordinator, talks about the role volunteers play at Rape Response in Gainesville. Volunteers are the first point of contact for many sexual assault survivors who call Rape Response for help. - photo by Erin Smith

Rape Response will be holding volunteer training in October.

Prospective volunteers must fill out an application at before being able to take part in the mandatory 20-hour training that will be spread over three days.

The first training is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7, followed by a 5:30-8:30 p.m. session Oct. 12 and an 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. training Oct. 21. Attendance is required at all three trainings to become a volunteer.

Volunteers must be 18 or older, live within 30 minutes of Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and be compassionate. No previous training or education is needed.

Volunteers answer crisis line calls from their homes or another suitable private location, respond to hospital calls and report to the hospital within 30 minutes of receiving a phone call. They accompany sexual assault survivors during the forensic medical exam process, which usually takes about three hours, to provide emotional support.

Volunteers must be able to receive calls and go to the hospital if needed two weeknights (6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday and Tuesday or Wednesday and Thursday) or one weekend (6 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday) once a month.

In addition to the 20 hours of initial training, 10 hours of annual continuing education are required.

A personal interview is also part of becoming a volunteer, and a background check is required and paid for by Rape Response before volunteering.

Volunteers will be asked to sign a volunteer contract and confidentiality agreement form.

For more information, contact Gale Adams, volunteer coordinator, at 770-503-7273.
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