April 10, 2014

Volunteers Sought to Work with Sexual Assault Victims

Volunteers are needed by the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) of the Department of Health and Human Services to provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services at Montgomery County hospitals and police stations for victims of rape and sexual assault.

Interviews are being conducted for a May 2014 mandatory training session, which covers crisis intervention skills and the specialized knowledge of the emotional, medical and legal issues that victims face.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and immediate access to transportation. They must serve for one year, in an on-call capacity, for one 12-hour shift or two six-hour shifts per week Bi-lingual volunteers are encouraged to apply.

For more information or to arrange an interview, call the Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program at 240-777-1355 or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/vasap.