SARC believes and supports survivors and their loved ones, and advocates for a community free of sexual violence.
In 1981, several members of the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office began to discuss the need for services to victims of sexual assault. Beginning in December of 1981, three individuals, Justice of the Peace Carolyn Hensarling, District Attorney Travis B. Bryan, III, and Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Ruffino, became the incorporators of Brazos County Rape Crisis Center, Inc., a non-profit, private corporation. At its annual meeting in 1982, the incorporating members were elected to the Board of Directors, adopted the by-laws and established policies and procedures for the operation of the organization.
During 1982 and 1983, training of volunteers began. The center opened in October of 1983. Meetings with area law enforcement agencies and more in-depth training programs were set up for all new volunteers which continued from 1984-present, with over 1,000 volunteers having been trained to date. Training sessions are held in the spring, fall and winter and continuous in-service training sessions are held for continuing volunteers, with an annual review a requirement in addition to a screening process in order to be considered an active volunteer.