Frequently asked questions
Do I have to contact the police?
No. The Survivor Advocacy Program will not force anyone to contact law enforcement . We will provide you with information and assist you if you choose to contact the Police. We can also go with you to meet the Police to complete a statement.
We encourage clients to explore the options, potential outcomes and options, time lines if applicable, safety planning.
Do I have to go to the hospital?
The Survivor Advocacy Program does not force clients to go to the hospital. OU SAP encourages clients go to the hospital after a sexual assault or any type of physical abuse. This is to determine there are no injuries that have gone undetected.
The Survivor Advocacy Program can drive a person to the hospital or meet the person at the hospital. The advocate is there to help provide information and support the client.
If I go to the hospital will they contact my parents?
The billing for a medical exam and collection of forensic evidence is paid for through the Victims of Crime compensation program. You should not be billed. Your information should not be sent to your parents.
Will you give out my information?
All your information is confidential. We do not contact parents or law enforcement. OU SAP cannot give out your information without a signed release. The release contains the following:
OU SAP is a mandated reporter during the following times:
*Suicidal attempts or suicidal ideation is present
*Homicidal thoughts of hurting someone else
* Client is in imminent danger from someone else
*Child abuse is occurring
*Elder abuse is occurring
What is the cost of the services? What if I don’t have insurance?
The OU SAP does not charge a fee. All services are FREE. The OU SAP program is funded through a Department of Justice grant. There is no charge. No billing fees or processes.
What is a Protection Order?
A protection order is a court order that seeks to increase safety for survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Protection orders can order the offender to stay away from the survivor, prohibit him/her from contacting the survivor, along with much more.
Protection orders can be obtained through criminal courts and through civil courts. Protection orders issued through the criminal court only last throughout the duration of the criminal case. Protection orders issued through civil court can last much longer. There are three different types of civil protection orders.
How do I obtain a Protection Order?
What are the requirements of a temporary order of protection?
What is the difference between civil protection orders and criminal protection orders?
You may file a complaint in both the criminal court and the civil court. Criminal protection orders, known as a Temporary Order of Protection (TPO), last only for the duration of criminal case. When the case is resolved, the order expires.
There are two types of protection orders obtained through civil courts. A Civil Protection Order (CPO) and Stalking and/or Sexually Oriented Offense Protection Order (SSOOPO) can last up to five years and possibly be renewed for an additional five years.