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Downtown ABQ rally targets sexual violence, promotes victim advocacy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Dozens of people, including the newly elected district attorney and mayoral candidate and state Auditor Tim Keller, gathered Sunday to draw attention to sexual assault prevention and the conversations necessary to help victims.

Other local politicians, public health professionals and advocates took to the Civic Plaza stage Sunday afternoon during a rally focused on destigmatizing the subject and offering support to those affected by sexual violence.

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Guest Editorial: Sex Talk Dangerous to Society

RCCCNM Executive Director Jim Harvey writes that Donald Trump’s recorded remarks send a message to young people that women and girls may be disrespected with damaging words, and says that this is never acceptable.

Story from the Albuquerque Journal, Monday, October 17, 2016

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Guest Editorial: UNM Must Apologize for Inaction

It’s time for the University of New Mexico to tell the truth about its handling of sexual assault on campus.

Yes, as UNM President Robert Frank said in his recent guest column in this paper, it is true that the University of New Mexico has made strides toward addressing the sexual assault crisis on campus.

Those steps include trainings on sexual assault reporting and prevention; new policies and procedures to resolve complaints in a more fair and timely manner; and updating its Office of Equal Opportunity policies, and hiring two new investigators and an intake staffer.

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Fulltime Clinical Therapist

The Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico (RCCCNM) is seeking a FTE therapist. Please send resume, cover letter, and three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Contact Ken at (505) 291-3575, if you have any questions about the position.

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Board of Directors

Message from the Chair

The Center's Board of Directors is a diverse group of community members who have a common interest in providing emotional support and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault and abuse. We are always interested in meeting other committed community members who would like to make a contribution to the Center by joining the Board of Directors. We welcome you to consider joining our volunteer working board as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico and its service to our community.

RCCCNM provides community education and outreach with age-appropriate curricula to educational institutions, organizations, community members and professionals. Our crisis intervention department provides 24-hour support, advocacy, crisis intervention, resources and referrals. Our counseling is offered free of charge to anyone over the age of 13, who is affected by sexual violence. We not only provide services to Bernalillo County, but also to Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia counties.

Participation

As a board member, you will be responsible for providing guidance and governance to the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico; will monitor financial performance and center programs; and sustain, support and build the RCCCNM's vision and mission.

Participation on the board involves:

  • Attending regularly scheduled board meetings on the second Tuesday of every month.
  • Participating actively on one or more committees of the board.
  • Attending scheduled board retreats, planning meetings, workshops, or other board development activities.

Join the RCCCNM Board!

Download the Board of Directors Application. Return the application to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Volunteer Opportunities

Crisis Services

Volunteer Advocates provide support, advocacy, and crisis intervention for people affected by sexual violence through the 24-hour crisis hotline. Learn more about our Volunteer Advocate program and download an application.

If you have any further questions about volunteering, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 


Volunteer Advocate Job Description

If your words could heal, would you speak up?
If your presence could provide comfort, would you show up?

If you answered yes, perhaps you should consider becoming a Volunteer Advocate. Crisis Services Volunteer Advocates provide support, advocacy, and referrals for survivors of sexual assault, their families, and loved ones. Volunteers respond to calls on a 24-hour crisis hotline by providing emotional support, referrals and information to survivors of sexual assault, their fmailies and loved ones. All calls are dispatched to your home or cell phone. Your personal contact informaiton is completely confidential. You can download a Volunteer Adovocate Application on the bottom of this page.

Challenge & Opportunity

Volunteering as an Advocate with RCCCNM is not for everyone. As a Crisis Advocate, you need to focus your attention on others and their crisis and must have a firm grasp on your own emotions.

Despite the challenges, it is a truly rewarding opportunity. Your effort is rewarded by knowing that you have helped someone through a difficult time and that you made a positive impact in someone's life.

We could not offer immediate crisis intervention, support, and advocacy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without our dedicated Volunteer Advocates.

We hope that you will consider joining our team!

Qualifications

All volunteers must :

  • Be stable enough to support someone who is in crisis.
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of training.
  • Complete an application (scroll to the bottom of this page to download).
  • Successfully complete the 40-hour training (trainings are held at least two times per year).
  • Have an open mind to issues pertaining to sexual assault, relationship violence, substance abuse, choice, race, gender, age, ability, and other cultural factors.
  • Give information and referrals regarding abortion providers and related services. We are a pro-choice organization.
  • Have the desire and ability to work with individuals and groups of varying backgrounds.
  • Have access to a phone.
  • Make a minimum six-month commitment to the program.

What will you learn in the 40 hour training?

  • Crisis intervention skills.
  • Listening skills.
  • Anti-oppression training.
  • Knowledge about sexual violence and its causes and effects.
  • Cultural awareness: working within a diverse community.
  • Understanding of community resources.
  • Skills for advocating for Survivors within the criminal justice system.
  • Time commitment: one evening shift during the week and one weekend shift.

All Volunteer Advocates have an after-hour crisis supervisor available on-call for assistance and support. 

More Information & Application

The Volunteer Advocate Application Form may be downloaded below.  For best results, fill-in the form on-screen and then print and sign it. You may also save the form to your computer to complete off-line, or print and complete the form manually.  Please print legibly. Please email your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop it off at our administrative office.

For more information, contact our offices and ask for the Volunteer Advocate Coordinator or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download Volunteer Advocate Application Form

 

 

Community Education and Outreach

Community Education and Outreach provides education and training on sexual assault and other issues that affect violence in our communities. We offer presentations and trainings for youth, professional staff, community groups and others who are interested. All presentations are age appropriate and can be modified to individual needs.

Strategies

  • Create and provide cutting-edge, creative curriculums to educational institutions and professional organizations.
  • Provide compassionate education opportunities for those who have been affected by sexual assault.
  • Act as an energetic community presence through our participation in community events, information and health fairs.
  • Address the root causes of sexual violence through primary prevention education.
  • Use cultural strengths when developing initiatives and programs, as well as collaborations with community groups and agencies.
  • Ensure that programs and workshops are age-appropriate, comprehensive and engaging.
  • Challenge social norms that perpetuate violence and support unhealthy sexual behaviors and attitudes.
 

Crisis Intervention Services

If you have been assaulted, you have options. We have Advocates available 24 hours a day. Please don't hesitate to call us with any questions or if you just need to talk.

Our 24-Hour Telephone Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Call 505-266-7711 for assistance regarding sexual assault and abuse issues.

TTY Interpretype equipment and interpreters are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Bilingual services are available for Spanish-speaking clients.

Staff and volunteer advocates are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide in-person crisis intervention, support, advocacy, information, and accompaniment to the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) program, and law enforcement agencies. Our Crisis Intervention advocates respond to several thousand crisis calls annually. We provide assistance to hundreds of survivors at the SANE unit.

Join Us!

Volunteer Advocates receive a comprehensive 40-hour training that is offered three times a year and is open to both professionals and community members. Contact the Volunteer Advocate Coordinator for more information about the program and for upcoming training dates at 505-266-7712 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We make an effort to recruit and train a diverse staff and volunteer team to serve all community members in central New Mexico.