About Survivor Advocacy Program at OU
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Our mission is to create a SAFE campus where victims and survivors of sexual assault, stalking, and dating and domestic violence are thoroughly respected and supported. We work to empower the campus community to deal with these issues through confidential advocacy, education and resources.
OUSAP is supported by the Ohio University Women’s Center and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women.
Office in McKee House 44 University Terrace
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
On-Call after 5 p.m. & Weekends
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted or is experiencing domestic/dating violence or stalking call 740-597-SAFE (7233) to speak with a trained advocate.
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Upon calling the Survivor Advocacy Program, you will speak with an advocate trained in crisis intervention. Your health and safety is our primary concern. During your conversation, the advocate will provide you with resources and information, allowing you to explore your options and make informed decisions on how to proceed.
If you wish to seek medical attention, the advocate can provide roundtrip transportation to the hospital, and personal support during the hospital exam.
If you wish to report to the police, the advocate 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.
Long Term Response
Victims and survivors have several options they may want to consider following the immediate aftermath of an assault.
Our advocates can provide:
Assistance navigating medical, judicial, and legal processes and services.
Aid in accommodating housing options and academic needs.
Support for friends and family of survivors.
Regardless of when an assault occurred, or when the dating/domestic violence or stalking began, the Survivor Advocacy Program is here for you.
What You Can Expect From an 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 there to listen, not to pass judgment or investigate.
Acknowledgment 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.
The Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program is coordinated by an independently licensed social worker under the director of the Ohio University Women’s Center. We also have student staff including Peer Advocates and Educators.
Supporting a Friend
Listen. Do not be judgmental.
Be patient. The pace of recovery differs for each individual.
Be an ally.
If a friend is willing to seek medical attention, offer accompaniment.
Realize that only your friend can make the decision to seek support, receive medical treatment and/or report the crime.
“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.”