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"Because you are the strongest women in the world..."

I began volunteering for Vera House as a Sexual Assault Advocate 5 years ago. As a sexual assault advocate, when I woman is sexually assaulted in Syracuse and presents to the ER, I go to the hospital & support her throughout her 5-hour exam & evidence collection. I have responded to 19 calls over the past 5 years, I have been with 19 victims in the immediate aftermath of their trauma, I remember each & every one of them.

They always ask me why I come, why I do this if I'm not getting paid. I always have the same response; "Because you are the strongest women in the world..."

Vera House is a non-profit organization in central new york dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization provides so many wonderful services to victims and families in crisis. Examples include:
-an emergency shelter
-free counseling, support groups, advocacy with legal & medical systems for victims
-education & outreach in the community
-an education & accountability program for men who have been abusive to their female partners
-healthcare in the hospital after a sexual assault

Of all volunteer work I've done over the years, Vera House reaches so many victims and genuinely *does excellent work*. I feel very passionately about this organization.
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