Do I have to contact the police?
No. OUSAP will not force anyone to contact law enforcement. We will provide you with information and assist you if you choose to contact the law enforcement. We can accompany you to meet the law enforcement if you choose to file a report.
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?
OUSAP does not force clients to go to the hospital. OUSAP does encourage clients to go to the hospital following a sexual assault or any type of physical abuse in order to determine there are no injuries that have gone undetected.
OUSAP can accompany you to the hospital. The advocate is there to help provide you with information and support.
If I go to the hospital for the collection of forensic evidence following an assault, will they contact my parents?
The billing for 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 OUSAP give out my information?
All your information is confidential. OUSAP will not contact parents or law enforcement without your consent. OUSAP cannot give out your information without a signed release. The release contains the following:
There are certain situations OUSAP is required by law to report. These situations include:
What is the cost of the services? What if I don’t have insurance?
OUSAP does not charge a fee. All services are FREE.
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 up to five years.
How do I obtain a Protection Order?
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 (CrPOs) 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: Domestic Violence Protection Order and Stalking and/or Sexually Oriented Offender Protection Order.