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Sexual Assault Response Center needs volunteers

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More than 390 new clients have walked through the Sexual Assault Response Center doors this year.

Workers say they're seeing more victims of abuse looking for help than ever before, which is why they hope to get more people filling out the volunteer forms.

Leaders at the Response Center tell us they already have about 20 volunteers helping out but need around a dozen more to properly assist those dealing with assault or abuse.

Those interested in volunteering will go through a two week, 32 hour training process. Workers we talked with say they depend heavily on those giving up their time to make a difference.

"Depending on the comfort level of the advocate or volunteer, they can sign up for the crisis line, so any phone calls that come in on our 24 hour crisis line after hours they can respond to. In addition, we can have them sign up to be a hospital advocate," Leticia Garcia from SARC said.

The Response Center hosts two weeks of training twice a year. This round will start on Monday, August 9th at 5:30pm.

If you're interested in volunteering you can pick up a form at the Response Center off of Columbia Center Boulevard.