It’s rewarding being able to be a source of comfort for those who need it

Katie Newburn, Volunteer

I’ve been a volunteer victim advocate for four years with Sexual Assault Services (SAS). I have a counseling background that I’m not currently using in my job. Volunteering allows me to utilize my degree and training while also giving back. I am a teacher consultant and try to teach everyone the importance of consent and positive relationships.

It’s been wonderful volunteering with SAS. I get to support an issue I care about, and it’s also flexible which allows me to spend time with my family. There is a great need for awareness and advocacy surrounding sexual assault. We have to speak up for victims’ rights. Being a victim advocate has taught me about community programs and how important it is to help educate others.

Anyone can volunteer. It’s rewarding being able to be a source of comfort for those who need it.

Sexual Assault Services is a department of Bronson Battle Creek. SAS is committed to providing empathic, non-judgmental, comprehensive services, support and advocacy for survivors and others affected by sexual assault or abuse; raising awareness of sexual assault; and engaging others to join in working toward a community free of sexual violence.

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