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Santa Maria community holds vigil in support of sexual assault victims

Posted at 11:03 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 02:41:20-04

A vigil and march took place in Santa Maria Thursday in support of victims who have suffered sexual assault.

Along with the vigil, a graduation ceremony was held for volunteer advocates.

The volunteers had to participate in 47 hours of training in order to work as crisis counselors.

Advocates support sexual assault victims and are also trained in suicide intervention and child abuse prevention.

After the vigil and graduation ceremony, the community marched in town to support the victims who have yet to find their voice.

Executive Director of North County Rape Crisis and Rape Protection Ann Mccarty says, “By marching down the road it sends a signal to our community that we are united, we are strong and just like the survivors that are warriors we are fighting this together as a community.”

The North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center operate two 24-hour crisis hotlines within Northern Santa Barbara County.

For information on how to volunteer, or to find the crisis line visit this website.