Training Opportunity for Lawyers Helping Sexual Abuse Survivors

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) will be offering a training session for lawyers who want to help sexual abuse survivors.  The training will be held on Monday, June 19th from 5-7 pm at Clackamas Women’s Services in Oregon City, Oregon. As a lawyer who has done pro bono work for the VRLC, I know this is an excellent organization which does great work in our community. This event promises to be a wonderful educational opportunity.

According to its website:

VRLC was established in 2003 as the first nonprofit law center in the nation solely dedicated to serving the legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. Through free legal services, staff attorneys and volunteer attorneys help restore victims’ lives after experiencing sexual violence, ensuring that survivors may stay in school; protecting their privileged and confidential mental health, medical and education records; preserving their employment; maintaining safe housing; securing their immigration status; and swiftly accessing victim compensation and other benefits.

VRLC’s announcement for the training indicates that the “session will demonstrate how to use existing state and federal civil laws to address sexual assault survivors’ most pressing needs. VRLC Attorneys Shara Jones and Stacy Hankin will discuss the complexities of working with trauma survivors and provide an overview of the dynamics of sexual assault. Attendees will then explore legal rights and remedies related to education, employment, housing, safety, privacy, financial security, immigration, and criminal justice advocacy.”

Sexual abuse and sexual assault is a growing problem in society and the lawyers and staff at VRLC have the knowledge and expertise to educate the public and other lawyers about how to combat this problem. I hope you will join them for this training session.

VRLC has asked that attendees RSVP by contacting Stacy Hankin at or by phone at 503-274-5477 x4.

More information about VRLC can be found here.


Dumas and Vaughn Attorneys at Law has law offices in Portland, Oregon and serves clients in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and other states.

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