Upcoming training aims to help volunteers learn how to assist victims of sexual assault

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Positive messages plastered on the wall at the Midland Rape Crisis and Children's Advocacy Center.

"It's much more prevalent than people realize because we don't talk about it," said Candace Garcia, Volunteer Coordinator, Midland Rape Crisis and Children's Advocacy Center.

Those messages came from past volunteers, in a few days about a handful of new volunteers will learn how to help victims of sexual assault.

"That's very intimidating to a lot of people, the idea of having to handle a crisis," said Garcia.

They'll learn through 40 hours of training and weeks of classes.

"We go over ways you can handle those things. What does it mean to be in crisis? How do we get someone through that? How do we help someone get the resources they need," said Garcia.

When the program is finished the men and women looking to help, are usually the first ones to speak to a victim.

"Our volunteers have the opportunity to let them know this is a safe place, we believe you. We're not going to judge you. We are not going to shame you for anything that's happened," said Garcia.

Whether it's on a call or visiting the victim in the hospital, listening can go a long way.

"If any else I want my volunteers to come in and really understand what our clients are going through," said Garcia.

Some of the positive messages on the wall read, breaking the stigma and wanting to make a difference. Those who are looking to volunteer are taking their first steps on March 22nd.

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