The Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) is mourning the loss of one our founders Linda Castoria Roedel. On behalf of our Board of Directors, management team, and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Castoria and Roedel families.
Linda Castoria Roedel joined the Brazos County Rape Crisis Center dba the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) as a volunteer when the agency's doors opened in October of 1983. As a survivor of sexual assault, Castoria was a force for change at the center. A year later, the center's founders asked her to become its first executive director.
Castoria served as the executive director of SARC for over twenty-two years. When she retired, The Eagle quoted Castoria stating "What means the world to me is the number of lives changed. Those are worth gold--actually they are worth more than gold. It has been my pleasure to do what I have done for the past 22 years, and it was never just a job to me."
The Sexual Assault Resource Center provides services and support to survivors of sexual violence in the Brazos Valley. The center operates a 24/7 crisis hotline, accompaniments with the survivors, individual and group counseling, and educational presentations. Confidential services are provided to those over the age of thirteen and are free of charge. Last year, SARC was able to serve over 350 survivors in the Brazos Valley.
"Because of Linda, we exist today and we will continue her legacy with our vital services, personal relationships and dedication to the community ," said Lauren Carroll Spitznagle, current Executive Director.
To donate in memory of Linda Castoria Roedel to the Sexual Assault Resource Center, click the donate button or call (979) 731-1000.