In 1981, members of the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office began to discuss the need for services for survivors of sexual assault. From these conversations, three individuals, Justice of the Peace Carolyn Hensarling, District Attorney Travis B. Bryan, III, and Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Ruffino, founded the Brazos County Rape Crisis Center, Inc., a non-profit, private corporation.
In 1982, the Center began to train volunteers and officially opened the doors for services in October of 1983. Since that time, the Center has trained over 1,000 volunteers, established strong community partnerships, conducted training and educational workshops, and assisted thousands of survivors with crisis intervention services.
In 2008, the organization rebranded to the Sexual Assault Resource Center or SARC and began serving the entire Brazos Valley region including Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington Counties.
SARC continues to expand its services and access for survivors of sexual violence and works to end sexual violence in our seven-county region through our education and prevention work.
Our Board of Directors
Lieutenant Kathryn Reiter
Chief Eric Buske
Anne McBroom Balke
Chief Deputy Paul Martinez
District Attorney Jarvis Parsons
Serena Porter- Bush Fellow
Alexis Rangel- Bush Fellow
Assistant Chief Kary Shaffer
Immediate Past President
Karla Castillo Stumpf
Impacts and Reports
In 2022, the Sexual Assault Resource Center provided services to 526 survivors. Because of the support of our donors, 36% more survivors received services last year. Over 80 survivors were waiting for free, trauma-focused therapy in January 2022. As the year ended, we celebrated that all waiting survivors had the opportunity to receive individual counseling. Our vision in 2022 became clear that we had to step up our work to end sexual violence. We increased our education events by 118% over 2021. We formulated partnerships across school districts and youth groups to focus on early prevention and continued to train our community to advocate for survivors. Thank you for supporting this work!
Survivors & Their Loved Ones Served
1,091 Crisis calls Answered by Advocates
Survivors Accompanied to the Hospital
Survivors Provided Advocacy Services
Donated Hours by Volunteers
3,408 Hours of Counseling Provided
Open positions are posted regularly on Indeed.
Internships are available to undergraduate students who are studying Psychology, Social Work, Education, Public Health, Business, Marketing/Communications, Political Science, or affiliated degree. We offer internships to graduate students in Social Work or Counseling. SARC only accepts students who are currently involved in school. We offer internships for all semesters.
All interns must complete a 40-hour training for Sexual Assault Advocates through the Office of the Attorney General provided by the Sexual Assault Resource Center.
How to Apply:
Interested students must submit a volunteer application and their resume along with any requirements of your program.