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Crisis Line Counselors | Law Enforcement Training | Sexual Harrassment | Prevention Education

Part of Verity’s advocacy and outreach effort is seeking out opportunities to educate professionals who will likely have an impact on the lives of those we serve. This includes parents and loved ones of survivors, law enforcement, attorneys, medical professionals, caregivers, teachers, school staff, grand juries, and more. Through such training, we are able to offer an important perspective of the challenges faced by survivors of violence as they navigate various systems and situations following their trauma. This is essential to creating a seamless and accessible safety net in our community, and a vitally important part in preventing future violence from occurring.

 

Crisis Line Counselors (Sexual Assault Victim Counselors)

Verity trained and certified 45 new Crisis Line Counselors between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Sexual Assault Victim Counselor Training is a statewide training required by the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) for any person who works on a Sexual Assault hotline.

Sexual Assault Victim Counselor training is offered 3 times a year to train volunteers to work on Verity’s 24/7-rape crisis line. The training covers crisis intervention skills, medical issues, law enforcement and court procedures, oppression and diversity issues, specific survivor issues, rape trauma syndrome, referral procedures and more.

This training is mandated and certified by the State of California. Trainings are 6-8 weeks long and are free with a 6-month commitment to work on the crisis line. Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College offer internship credit for approved participation in the training. Space is limited. To maintain certification, continuing education is provided monthly. For more information, please call Verity’s Intervention Manager at: (707) 545-7270 ext.16, or email to intervention@ourverity.org.

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Law Enforcement Training

Verity’s Law Enforcement training is based on the belief that sexual assault survivors and the investigative process are best served by the thoughtful and timely intervention of law enforcement, mental and medical health communities.

Law Enforcement training is centered on the rights of victims as guaranteed by the following Penal Codes:

679.04– Inform the victim that he/she has the right to have a sexual assault victim advocate present at all interviews, court appearances and forensic medical exams.

264.2 (b) (1) – Law Enforcement shall immediately notify the local rape crisis center if a victim is being transported for a forensic medical exam whether or not a sexual assault victim advocate can be present with the victim.

If you are in Law Enforcement and are interested in this training to better understand how to work with sexual assault victims and to learn how Verity can assist, please contact intervention@ourverity.org.

If you feel your local Law Enforcement personnel would benefit from this training, please refer our services to the local Chief of Police or Personnel Division.

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Prevention Education Volunteer Training

Trainings are held twice a year, in September and February. For more information on becoming a Prevention Education Volunteer, please contact the Prevention Education Manager at prevention@ourverity.org.

 

Sexual Harrassment

Sexual Harassment (SH) is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that tends to create a hostile or offensive educational or work environment. It is an illegal form of sex discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (1964, amended 1972), the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, as well as numerous state and civil statutes.

Because of our awareness of the devastating impact of sexual harassment on the victim, and our commitment to preventing this serious problem, Verity developed a training program to combat SH.

In the Sexual Harassment Awareness presentation, Verity provides information to middle school, high school and college students about the legal definitions of SH. Our focus is on teaching the importance of respect, acceptable school/work behavior and clear communication. We emphasize this information is not based on personal opinions or values; rather we inform students that these are State and Federal laws, as well as school district policies that protect all students, faculty and staff from having to tolerate SH. Students are taught how to recognize SH by looking for three types of behaviors: Verbal, Non-Verbal and Physical.

If you would like to schedule a Sexual Harassment Awareness presentation, contact the Crisis Intervention Manager at 707-545-7270 extension 18 or email intervention@ourverity.org.

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