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April Volunteer Of The Month – Laura McDonough

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Laura is a dedicated volunteer who has given a week a month as a trained sexual assault advocate for several years.  She also assists with awareness raising events.  The agency appreciates Laura's commitment, passion, reliability, professionalism and empathy.  We know our clients are getting the best services possible when Laura is working with them.

"Sexual violence can occur to anyone, at any time. The victim, their family and friends are typically overwhelmed in the face of a great deal of trauma. Trained victim advocates take this to heart when they volunteer to be present for these survivors after a sexual crime occurs, with the goal of providing compassion, options, education and steps towards healing.
This is my fourth year as a victim advocate for GWSAS in Red Wing, and I am proud and fortunate to be a part of this amazing agency. I receive excellent ongoing training, support, get to work with some very cool law enforcement and hospital personnel, and of course fellow advocates! Knowing that I may help ease difficulty for a fellow human is the primary motivation though.
Friends and family have expressed concerns about the stressful and sometimes heartbreaking nature of this work, but the rewards are what one remembers at the end of the day." ~Laura


SARA (formerly Goodhue Wabasha Sexual Assault Services (GWSAS)) actively supports, educates, empowers and advocates on behalf of victims and others impacted by sexual violence as well as provides prevention, awareness and outreach programs for the communities of Goodhue and Wabasha counties. For more information please contact them at 651-388-9360 Ext. 13 or if in crisis please call 1-800-519-6690

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