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Volunteers Needed to Work with Victims of Sexual Assault


Volunteers are needed to assist sexual assault victims and their families through Montgomery County’s Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP), part of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services. Interviews are currently being conducted for the 2023 winter training session.

VASAP outreach volunteers donate their time serving victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services at County hospitals and police stations for victims of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence. Bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply.

Volunteers must attend a training program that covers crisis intervention skills and the specialized knowledge of the emotional, medical and legal issues that victims face.

Volunteers must commit to serve for one year. They are needed in on-call capacity and for one 12-hour shift or two six-hour shifts per week.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, County residents, have a valid driver’s license and immediate access to transportation.

For more information or to arrange an interview, call the Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program at 240-777-1355 or visit the VASAP website.

This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.


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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Regular assault is bad enough, adding something sexual to it is not right at all.  I feel for anyone that has been sexually assaulted.

Jan 29, 2023 04:11 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. It takes a special kind of person to volunteer for this type of work. And my hat is off to all who apply and complete the program and once year or more of service. Enjoy your day.

Jan 29, 2023 05:09 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Happy Sunday, sit back this afternoon and enjoy two great football games.  I will be rooting for San Fran because the rookie QB Brock is from my City, Gilbert Arizona.  Also, the Bengal's. Bill 


Jan 29, 2023 05:31 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy... that is quite a time commitment to make for an entire year... but it certainly is a very worthwhile cause.

Jan 29, 2023 05:37 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, these volunteers will have to be pretty special to work with sexual assault victims.  Don't think I could do it.

Jan 29, 2023 06:43 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It seems it would take a good amount of training to fill those volunteer positions.  I hope your community is successful in finding the right people.

Jan 29, 2023 09:27 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

You have to be a special individual to do this type of work.  

Jan 29, 2023 06:48 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Jan 30, 2023 05:33 AM