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Become a Peer Advocate

Purpose: To provide advocacy to the campus community on sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking.

What Is an OUSAP Peer Advocate and How Can I Become One?

OUSAP peer advocates are Ohio University students who are trained in working with survivors of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking, and with their friends and family members. Peer advocates are also trained in understanding the complex issues surrounding sexual violence prevention educations. Peer advocates work together to increase awareness and knowledge across the campus and the broader Athens community.


The written application is the first step in the selection process, and is due by Friday, November 22 at 5 p.m. Applications may be turned into 06 McKee House or the Baker Center 403.


Skills Needed

1. Compassion 

2. Commitment

3. Public Speaking Skills

4. Interpersonal Skills



     1. Complete a 4 credit hour course in Spring Semester 2014.

2. Complete on-going/in-service training.

3. Must share program philosophy and remain in good standing with the program.

4. Make a full academic year commitment.

5. Be a registered Ohio University student.

6. Attend a mandatory weekly meeting.

7. Collaborate with Women’s Center events, programs, staff and volunteers.



1. Develop and implement programming that educates the campus community on sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking.

2. Select a three-hour shift each week to staff the hotline and computer crisis-line, and work on campus programming.

3. Arrange appropriate referrals.

4. Collaborate as an OUSAP team and with other campus organizations.

5. Work an additional two hours a week on campus programming, OUSAP events, and raise awareness about OUSAP and the services provided.

6. Attend a mandatory weekly meeting.



1. Valuable work experience.

2. Extensive skill development.

3. Job recommendations.

4. Valuable contacts within the community and campus.

5. Knowledge that you have made a difference.


Again, thank you for your interest in the Survivor Advocacy Program. We look forward to accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. You may pick up a paper copy of the application at 06 McKee House or 403 Baker Center. For an electronic copy, please click here.


If you have any further questions, please contact the OUSAP office at 740-597-7233, survivor.advocacy@ohio.edu or the Women’s Center at 740-593-9625, womenscenter@ohio.edu 


"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."