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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?

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


How Do I Become a Peer Advocate?

The first step in becoming a peer advocate is completing the peer advocate application. To receive an application, email survivor.advocacy@ohio.edu or pick up an application at McKee House.


Advocates must have:

  • Compassion
  • Commitment
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills


Advocates must:

  • Complete a 3 hours course taught by the program coordinator OR a comprehensive 40-hour advocate training.
  • Participate in ongoing/in-service trainings.
  • Share the OUSAP program philosophy and remain in good standing with the program.
  • Make a full academic year commitment.
  • Be a registered Ohio University student.
  • Attend a mandatory weekly meeting.
  • Collaborate with Women’s Center events, programs, staff, and volunteers.


Advocates’ responsibilities include:

  • Select a three-hour shift each week to staff the hotline and work on campus programming.
  • Arrange appropriate referrals.
  • Collaborate as an OUSAP team and with other campus organizations.
  • Develop and implement programming that educates the campus community on sexual assault, stalking, and dating and domestic violence.



  • Valuable work experience.
  • Extensive skill development.
  • Job recommendations.
  • Valuable contacts within the community and campus.
  • Knowledge that you have made a difference.


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 740-593-9635, 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."