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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 1, 2004

Volunteers Needed In Rape Victim Advocacy Program

The next training session for those interested in volunteering with the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) will start Monday, Sept. 13. Volunteers are needed to help provide 24-hour staff coverage for the local Rape Crisis Line and the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline.

Crisis Line volunteers offer support, healing information and appropriate referrals to people from across the state. Volunteer positions are also open for medical and legal advocates.

"Our volunteers make it possible for our agency to operate 24 hours a day," Tara Wood, Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline Coordinator, said. "That's crucial because sexual assaults happen at all hours, and people need to have access to services when they're ready to make the call."

Training sessions teach volunteers skills in active listening and basic counseling. It also covers sexual assault myths and facts. Training spans six evening and two day sessions.

People interested in volunteering may contact Lesa Key, volunteer coordinator, at 319-335-6001 or volunteer-coordinator@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Larry Mendenhall, 319-335-0552, larry-mendenhall@uiowa.edu; Program: Tara Wood, 319-335-6015, isah@uiowa.edu