Volunteers Needed To Support Survivors of Sexual Violence

  MONMOUTH COUNTY – The 180, a private non-profit organization, is seeking volunteers to support survivors of sexual violence.

  The 180 is continuing to provide support and advocacy for victims of sexual violence in the aftermath of a highly emotional and traumatic experience with the assistance of its dedicated Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) volunteers.

  The 180’s trained volunteers provide emotional support and assistance to victims, and their significant others, during accompaniments for timely and sensitive hospital medical examinations, and police and grand jury procedures. They also provide telephone support which includes at the time of crisis, addressing medical and emotional needs, information regarding the justice system, and referrals for services.

  The 180 is looking for volunteers and will be conducting its mandatory, 40-hour SART training course for new volunteers June 1 through 24, Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6 to 9:30 p.m., remotely via Zoom. Requirements include: must be 18 years of age or older, have access to reliable transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, participate in an interview process and submit to fingerprinting and background checks.

  To obtain an application, contact Kate Gerahty, Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate Manager, at kateg@180nj.org or 732 264-4360, Ext. 3308, or 180nj.org/get-help/sexual-assault-response-teams-sart. The deadline to apply is May 21.