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The Women's Community Features Angela Gonzalez

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Posted on September 30, 2014
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Angela Gonzalez has been volunteering at The Women's Community since 2009. As an On-Call Volunteer Advocate, Angela goes to the local hospital emergency rooms, and provides immediate and valuable support to individuals that experienced a sexual assault. She has responded to over 20 cases during her time as a volunteer with the agency and spent almost 100 hours of her time helping others. Angela has maintained a professional and compassionate attitude with all those she has come in contact with, and during some of the challenging cases she has dealt with. We are very thankful for the support Angela has provided to those in need.

Angela shares "for many years, I advocated for legislative and other political action with regard to domestic violence and sexual assault, working with various agencies and organizations to foster public awareness of these issues and have more protections in place for victims. However, a few years ago, I realized that this form of advocacy was not as fulfilling as it used to be. I heard about The Women's Community and looked up ways I could volunteer with the shelter. I read about the volunteer ER advocate program and SAVS and knew that was what I wanted to do. I knew the training would be intense and going on calls would be extremely difficult, but I had no idea how intense and difficult it would be. After doing this for several years however, I believe it is all worth it. My training told me I can't fix the victim and make things all better. The endless and amazing support I receive from TWC staff reinforces that for me and helps me cope. But with each call, I feel that giving the victim just a little smile of compassion and empathy, a listening ear, and a folder of information, I have made a difference to the victim - I helped to enforce the idea that he or she is not alone."