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Lindsey Daniels 

Lindsey Daniels

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First Survivor Advocacy Program director named

New position is advocate for sexual assault victims


The Ohio University Women's Center recently hired Lindsey Daniels as the program coordinator for the Survivor Advocacy Program.

The Survivor Advocacy Program is a combined campus and community effort to bring 24/7 advocacy services to survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. The program is made possible through a Violence Against Women in Campus grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

As the survivor advocacy program coordinator, Daniels will serve as the primary advocate and education specialist for survivors of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. 

Her duties include short-term counseling and crisis intervention, serving as a liaison between victims and services on campus and in the community, designing and implementing educational programs and outreach services. She also will coordinate campus-wide training initiatives, assist in the development and dissemination of program materials and supervise a team of peer advocates.

"I am honored to be a part of bringing this essential service to Ohio University," Daniels said. "I am thrilled to begin, knowing that the Survivor Advocacy Program will be a success due to the excellent campus and community support, the hard work of our future peer advocates and the dedication of those who envisioned and pushed for such a program."

Susanne Dietzel, director of the Women's Center, said students who are the victims of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking will now receive confidential counseling, crisis intervention, and follow-up care. 

"As part of her work, Ms. Daniels will also educate and train the campus community on how to prevent, respond to, and adjudicate those matters," Dietzel said. "In the end, the campus will be more knowledgeable, safer and friendly to survivors and victim. We believe her experience, skills, and familiarity with local networks will be a tremendous asset to the program and the university."

Daniels most recently worked as the program coordinator for Tri-County Mental Health and Counseling's Sexual Assault Prevention Program. She has served on the statewide Ohio Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Consortium, the Ohio University Relationship and Sexual Violence Coalition, the Athens Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition, and the Athens County Sexual Assault Task Force.

She also has volunteered as a survivor advocate and worked closely with the campus and community on sexual violence issues. She earned a master's degree in social work and a bachelor's degree of art in psychology from Ohio University.

The Survivor Advocacy Program will host an Open House celebration during fall quarter. The program's office will eventually be located in the McKee House, but is temporarily housed in the Women's Center in Baker University Center.

For more information, contact 740-593-9625 or daniell1.@ohio.edu.