I think I want to join the Peace Corps,but… every time I think about it, I want to cry…
I’m not really sure why…
To quote one of our favorite women, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia: If your dreams do not scare…
what would you say to a girl who dreams of joining the peace corps but is hesitant because of the high rate of sexual assault of peace corps volunteers and the awful treatment that survivors receive from the peace corps itself?
I would say that I understand her concerns and that the safety and security of our Volunteers is a top priority for the Peace Corps. We have taken a number of steps to proactively address sexual assault, including establishing a panel of outside experts and sexual assault victims, hiring a victims advocate, and signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. We have also put in place new practices and safeguards to better protect Volunteers and ensure that victims of crime receive compassionate and effective support. I would also suggest that anyone interested in applying speak with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers about their service and explore the information we provide on our website and at informational meetings to get a full picture of the Peace Corps experience.