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How do I become certified as a sexual assault advocate ?

How can I become certified as a sexual assault advocate.
I am volunteering as a advocate for non profit called Project sister.
I will like to work as a advocate fat a non profit.
I have only found free training but I would like to be certified.

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Marie F.

Thank you comment icon Hi Marie, I think this is super important work and it's amazing that you want to get involved! Many organizations will cover the cost of the certification training if you promise to volunteer with them for an extended period of time. Try asking Project Sister if they could help you cover the cost or if they know of organizations that can help you! Gurpreet Lally, Admin

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Tonya’s Answer

Thank you for your dedication in helping others who are victims of sexual assault.

I would like to share a career option with you. One specialty in nursing is forensic nursing.
“Forensic nursing is a unique specialty that combines the art of nursing with science and the legal
system, and helps to bridge the gap between medicine and law. “(Academy of Forensic Nursing, 2023: https://www.goafn.org/forensicnursing).

As a forensic nurse there is an opportunity to become a sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE). There are nurses who also become SANE certified and are not forensic nurses.

The SANE nurse can work in diverse settings, can be involved in “research.educate.lead” and more (International Association of Forensic Nurses, 2023: https://www.forensicnurses.org/page/aboutSANE/)

Your present experience and passion can support your present and future goals in helping and serving others.

All the very best in the difference you are making in others’ lives who may not be able to help themselves.

References:
Nursing Career Options-
Johnson & Johnson (2022). Forensic Nurse.
https://nursing.jnj.com/specialty/forensic-nurse

Johnson & Johnson (2022). Domestic Violence Nurse.
https://nursing.jnj.com/specialty/domestic-violence-nurse

Accredited Nursing Schools:
* American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2023). Find Accredited Programs. https://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE-Accreditation/Overview-of-Accreditation/Find-Accredited-Programs

* Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (2023). Search ACEN Accredited Nursing Programs.
http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm
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Matthew’s Answer

Becoming a certified sexual assault advocate typically involves a combination of training, education, and experience. The specific requirements for certification may vary depending on the state or organization offering the certification.

Here are some general steps you can take to become a certified sexual assault advocate:

Research certification requirements: Look for information on the specific certification requirements for your state or the organization you wish to work with. You can usually find this information on the organization's website or by contacting them directly.

Complete training: Most organizations require advocates to complete a certain number of training hours before they can become certified. This training often covers topics such as the dynamics of sexual assault, the legal system, crisis intervention, and advocacy skills. You can often find training programs through organizations such as rape crisis centers or domestic violence agencies.

Gain experience: Many certification programs also require advocates to have a certain amount of experience working with survivors of sexual assault. This may involve volunteering at a crisis center or hotline, working with a healthcare provider or law enforcement agency, or assisting with advocacy and education efforts.

Pass certification exam: Some certification programs may require advocates to pass an exam to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. The exam may cover topics such as advocacy, crisis intervention, and legal issues related to sexual assault.

Maintain certification: Once you become certified, you will likely need to complete ongoing training and education to maintain your certification.

Overall, becoming a certified sexual assault advocate requires dedication, hard work, and a commitment to supporting survivors of sexual assault. If you're interested in pursuing this career path, it's important to do your research, seek out training and experience opportunities, and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the field.
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Andrew’s Answer

Marie, Your question is one that I know has a lot of passion and drive to serve others behind it. I've included two links to resources I used to become a credentialed victim advocate. If you have any other questions, please contact me on LinkedIn. Good luck!

Andrew recommends the following next steps:

https://www.trynova.org/credentialing/nacp-civilian/
https://www.thenacp.org
Thank you comment icon Hey Andrew, I appreciate your thoughtfulness and wanting to connect with students on LinkedIn. However, that goes against our Community Guidelines, so I have removed your LinkedIn URL. Although we would love to support this, we work with minors and have to be extremely careful about safety. Please let me know if you have any questions! Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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Caitlin’s Answer

Hi Marie! 😊 It's wonderful that you're so committed to this meaningful work! In my experience, I managed to have the 40-hour training sponsored by the agency I was collaborating with. I'd suggest reaching out to Project Sister for guidance on their specific requirements for advocates – they can definitely help you navigate the process. Good luck and happy advocating!
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