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About Our Advocates

Upon contacting the Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program, you will speak with an advocate trained in crisis intervention. OUSAP is staffed by a program coordinator, graduate assistants, and peer advocates. All advocates with OUSAP have completed a 40-hour advocacy and crisis intervention training. 


Our advocates use a non-judgmental and 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 provide you with referrals and information about resources available to you. 


What to Expect from an Advocate


  • Confidentiality. 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 to make and deserve to be respected.


If you wish to seek medical attention, repor to the police, or report to the university's Title IX Coordinator, an advocate accompany you to offer personal support and information. If you choose not to report the assault or seek medical attention, you can still utilize our other services. 


Outreach and Education


In addition supporting and advocating for survivors, advocates at OUSAP create and provide educational programs about sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and how to help a friend.


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 contact survivor.advocacy@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."