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About the Survivor Advocacy Program

The Survivor Advocacy Program (SAP) facilitates and supports the educational mission of Ohio University and the strategic plan of the Division of Student Affairs. Our mission is to provide confidential support and advocacy services to student survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. We work to increase student survivors' access to support and resources through trauma informed advocacy and empowerment.

In seeking to accomplish our mission, we are committed to:

  • Respect for differences and continual work towards creating a safe, affirming, and inclusive environment for all individuals.
  • Collaboration to sustain our high stands or support and wellness.

SAP is staffed by two full-time, licensed independent social workers; a director of the program and a survivor advocate/case manager. Click here to meet our staff. The program is part of the Division of Student Affairs and reports directly to the Dean of Student’s office.

 

 

Getting Help

 

Immediate Response
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 assist you in locating 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.

Please note that on weekdays after 5pm and weekends this phone number is our acting crisis hotline. If you are contacting SAP for general questions and are not in need of an advocate, please call Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm or email survivor.advocacy@ohio.edu

 

 

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 to serve you and help you make informed decisions.

 

 

What to Expect from an Advocate
  • Confidentiality*.  Assurance that what 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.

  • A survivor-centered approach to advocacy.  We acknowledge that you are the expert in your situation. Advocates have knowledge and experience to assist you in making informed choices, but those choices are yours and deserve to be respected. 
 
 
*Confidential resource: Confidential resources are not required to report specific incidents to the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance or any other investigating body and may not disclose any information without the permission of the student.