RVAP seeks volunteers for training by Aug. 29

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) at The University of Iowa will begin its 32-hour Advocate Training Program Tuesday, Sept. 6 to prepare area volunteers to provide support and assistance to victims and survivors of sexual assault. The deadline to apply is Monday, Aug. 29.

Since training classes are limited to 12 volunteers, those who are interested should apply as soon as possible. After successfully completing the agency’s 32-hour training, advocates are prepared to provide support, information, and referrals on the local Rape Crisis Line and the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, as well as respond to calls for supporting a survivor at the hospital or with law enforcement.

Training covers all aspects of sexual assault, teaches counseling skills, and includes role-plays designed to replicate typical calls received from victim/survivors. Volunteer advocates take calls from home, and scheduling is flexible.

To apply, contact Jessica Schmeckpeper at RVAP, volunteer-coordinator-rvap@uiowa.edu, or at 319-335-6001. For more information and to fill out an application, visit www.uiowa.edu/~rvap/.