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What is Advocacy?

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is defined simply as active support.”  At the Sexual Assault Crisis Center, we are all advocates – actively supporting victims and their loved ones for over 35 years. We also have a team of over 20 trained and highly competent volunteers who provide victim advocacy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. A victim’s first point of contact is a critical step in the healing process. As advocates, we may offer phone assistance to victims, accompany victims to emergency rooms, hospitals or police stations, guide victims through evidence collection and legal processes – all while providing compassionate understanding and emotional support. Victims who receive advocacy support while reporting or receiving medical care for their assault tend to have better outcomes in court and stronger connections with community resources. It also provides a critical opportunity to establish support and create hope – prompting a victim’s healing journey.

The Sexual Assault Crisis Center is happy to report that new funding has been secured to hire a Victim Advocate/Volunteer Coordinator who will manage our volunteer program and oversee all advocacy operations. We are excited to move forward with this important position and eager to see how this additional support will benefit victims and volunteers alike. Thank you for your continued “active support” of our agency and our mission to inspire change and instill a sense of hope and healing for sexual assault victims. Together, we can end sexual violence in the Fox Cities.