SAP seeks to provide support and advocacy services to student survivors of of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. We work to increase survivors’ access to support and resources. As a result, it is important to be aware of the information related to sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.
There are many misconceptions about sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. As a result of these misconceptions, society has a tendency to take the responsibility off of the offender and place it on the survivor. This is dangerous for many reasons. It places blame on the victim, which tells offenders that society condones their actions and causes these crimes to go largely underreported.
Sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking are common problems in our world, yet are largely misunderstood. It is important to decipher between the facts and the myths of these violent crimes.
Ohio University’s Survivor Advocacy Program (SAP) was launched in 2010 through grant funding secured by the Ohio University Women’s Center. In 2016, the Survivor Advocacy Program moved to OHIO’s Division of Student Affairs, as part of a comprehensive plan designed to increase support services for survivors of sexual assault, stalking and dating/relationship violence.
Under the current model, SAP reports to Associate Dean of Students Patti McSteen in the Office of the Dean of Students. Kimberly Castor serves as SAP director; while Kristin Waltz serves as the program’s survivor advocate/case manager. The SAP program is a confidential resource for students and SAP staff 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 information without the permission of the student.