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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 Leadeship




Executive Director

Lindsey LeBlanc, MBA


Director of Clinical Services 

Debbie Okrina, LCSW


Director of


Alicia Rice


Director of

Development & Outreach

Leiha White



Program Manager

Caroline Adams


Client Services Coordinator

Christina Neugebauer



Paula Thorn, LPC, LCDC


Lead Counselor

Gabri'Ella Bonner, LMSW


Staff Counselor

Shelby Blackstock, LPC Associate

Supervised by Donna Hilbig, LPC-S


Staff Counselor

Morgan Robinson, LMSW 


Outreach Coordinator

Carrie Martinez


Bilingual Outreach Coordinator

Elizabeth Landin

Board ofDirectors

Our Board of Directors

Mike Reilly

Board President


Anne McBroom Balke


Laurie Charles 

Vice President


Chief Deputy Paul Martinez


Morgan Conville- Bush Fellow


James Edge

Tara Emerson

Lieutenant Kevin Harris

Doug Jackson


Lieutenant Walter Melnyk


Katherine Moore

District Attorney Jarvis Parsons

Assistant Chief Kary Shaffer


Martha Smith


Karla Castillo Stumpf

Ushnata Thapa- Bush Fellow

Impacts and Reports

In 2023, you stood with survivors to say, "We see you. We hear you. We believe you." Thank you!

Because of your generous support, 490 survivors received services last year.

The vision in 2024 is still clear: step up the work to end sexual violence in the Brazos Valley.

Thanks to your donations, SARC services remained free for survivors of sexual assault, we increased partnerships across school districts and youth groups to focus on early prevention, and SARC continued to train our community to advocate for survivors.

Additionally, SARC MOVED to a new trauma informed office space! We are so grateful to be able to shine a light for survivors from the new location. Stop by and see what YOU made possible!

Thank you for supporting survivors, your friends, family, neighbors;

together we can end sexual violence in the Brazos Valley!

Lindsey LeBlanc,

Executive Director


Survivors & Their Loved Ones Served

798 Crisis calls Answered by Advocates


Survivors Accompanied to the Hospital


Survivors Provided Advocacy Services


Donated Hours by Volunteers

4,433 Hours of Counseling Provided

Employment Opportunties

Employment Opportunities

Open positions are posted regularly on Indeed.


Internship Program

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.

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