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
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.
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.