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Volunteer: Rape Sexual Assault (RSA) Advocate – Must live on Staten Island

Please note you must live on Staten Island to participate in this volunteer opportunity.

The Safe Horizon Staten Island Community Program seeks candidates for a 40-hour New York State Certified Rape Crisis Advocate training. Volunteer advocates are trained to provide short-term and confidential emotional support, crisis counseling, and information to survivors who present for treatment at Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island University Hospital. Following our comprehensive training, volunteer advocates are on-call to provide in-person support to survivors of sexual assault during the entirety of their stay in the emergency department, which can include the forensic exam and interview.

Requirements

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old
  • Applicant interviews and background check
  • Volunteer advocates must have access to adequate transportation in order to respond in-person to the Emergency Department within 30 minutes of call.
  • Volunteer advocates are required to attend the full 40-hour comprehensive training (hybrid in-person/ remote) hosted by the Safe Horizon Staten Island Community Program. This training is offered once a year. The next training will begin in June 2022 and include weekend and weeknight dates.
  • A year volunteer commitment and availability to cover two shifts per month (see “Time Commitment” for more details)

Also, effective October 29, 2021, as a private contractor of The City of New York, all Safe Horizon employees, interns, and volunteers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons.  

Responsibilities

  • The types of services advocates provide to survivors can include:
  • Immediate emotional support for survivors and secondary survivors
  • An explanation of survivors’ rights and options
  • Attendance during the medical exam and the collection for the Forensic Evidence Kit
  • Acting as a liaison and advocate with hospital staff and criminal justice personnel on behalf of the survivor
  • Information and referrals, including follow-up care with the Safe Horizon Rape Crisis Program
  • Providing clothing/undergarments, personal hygiene articles and coordination of taxi transportation for survivors

Qualifications

  • No prior experience is needed but an openness to learn and integrate a trauma-informed, survivor-centered approach, using an anti-oppressive lens into your interactions.
  • Compassionate and non-judgmental approach to others.

Time Commitment 

  • A year-long commitment is required however, a longer commitment is preferred.
  • Willing to commit to a minimum of two shifts per month. Please note, shifts are on call. Shift times are as follows:
  • Sunday 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
  • Monday 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
  • Tuesday 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
  • Wednesday 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
  • Thursday 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
  • Friday 5 p.m. – 5 p.m. (24 hours)
  • Saturday 5 p.m. – 5 p.m. (24 hours)
  • Bi-monthly supervision and ongoing training in order to stay up to date on legal/medical practices

Application Instructions:

If interested, please send cover letter and resume to the following:  internsandvolunteers@safehorizon.org and indicate in the subject line “Staten Island RSA Volunteer.”

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