Volunteers are sought for rape crisis center

The Middlesex County Public Health Department’s Rape Crisis Intervention Center is seeking volunteers to provide support and advocacy to victims of sexual violence.

Interested individuals will take part in the center’s 50-hour Volunteer Advocate Training Program, which will train individuals in crisis intervention, advocacy and the dynamics of sexual violence and recovery.

Volunteer training sessions will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 24-April 3.

Upon completion of the program, volunteers will serve on call on a rotating basis. Responsibilities will include offering support, information and referrals via the center’s 24-hour hotline to victims, others affected by sexual violence and members of the community at large. Volunteers also will accompany victims during collection of forensic evidence and throughout the legal process to offer information and support and to ensure that the victim’s rights are upheld.

For more information on becoming a volunteer or on the Rape Crisis Intervention Center and its services, call (732) 452-5900, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays-Fridays.