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About Our Advocates

Upon calling the Survivor Advocacy Program or walking into the McKee House, you will speak with a peer advocate trained in crisis intervention. Our peer advocates are students at Ohio University who must complete a 40-hour class in the spring in order to become a peer advocate for OUSAP.

 

The coordinator of OUSAP, Brenda Strickland, instructs this peer advocate class. Brenda Strickland is a licensed social worker with 24 years of social work experience.

 

Our peer advocates use a non-judgmental and completely confidential approach.  We are here to listen, offer support, provide information, and help you identify your options.

 

If you are looking for long-term support, legal or medical advice, or other options we can make referrals and help you find what you are looking for 

 

What You Can Expect from a Peer Advocate

  • Assurance that the experiences you share will be kept private and confidential, barring any legal exceptions and/or your permission.
  • Respect, empathy, and support. Advocates are here to listen, not to pass judgment or investigate.
  • Acknowledgement that you are the expert in your situation. Advocates have knowledge and expertise to assist you in making informed choices, but those choices are yours and deserve to be respected.

 

If you wish to seek medical attention, we can arrange round-trip transportation to the hospital and personal support during the hospital exam.

 

If you wish to report to the police, we will provide support during the reporting and interview process.

 

If you choose not to report the assault or seek medical attention, you can still utilize our other services. 

 

Outreach and Education

In addition to staffing the OUSAP office, our peer advocates create and provide educational programs about sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, bystander intervention, how to help a friend, and consent.

 

These programs may be utilized by residential housing, faculty, staff, campus organizations, local businesses, and others upon request.

 

For more information about our programs or if you would like to request a program, please click here.



 

"This project was supported by Grant No. 2009-WA-AX-0003 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/ exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women."