Letter: Training to start for advocates of crime victims

July 12, 2013 

There have been so many tragedies in the news lately. Often hearing tragic stories of pain and loss can make people feel helpless in assisting others who are victimized.

The Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC) is working in Benton and Franklin counties, advocating and supporting victims of non-domestic violence crimes.

SARC's sexual assault program served more than 360 new victims in the last fiscal year; with the majority of the victims being children. It can be empowering for community members to participate in healing victims and the prevention of crime. Becoming an advocate for sexual assault victims can be the ultimate way to make a difference.

Hearing a comforting voice over the phone or seeing a supportive face can be all someone needs to get through a crisis. SARC is always looking for people to assist with the response to victims 24 hours a day.

SARC will be offering advocacy training this month to help people interested in becoming an advocate. The training begins at 5:30 p.m. July 22 and ends on Aug 11. Please contact SARC at 374-5391 for more information and for a volunteer application packet.

RENEE BLACKMAN, Kennewick

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