March 26, 2021

28 Days

Becca Getson, OAESV Legal Advocacy Coordinator & Co-Chair of Ohio Co-Conspirators in Ending Oppression
As I write this, we are in the middle of Black History Month 2021. By the time this is posted, Black History Month will have officially wrapped up. My hope is that I have reflected, participated, and supported events throughout the month and I hope the same for you. Yet something has been ...
March 18, 2021

Thirsty Thursday Blog - Re-Engaging the Team

Shandra Witherspoon, OAESV Director of Coordinated Community Responses
Many of the technical assistance questions I receive share a common theme about getting a team back on track. This has been especially true in the midst of COVID-19, which forced several teams to cease in-person meetings. In addition to having to navigating the pandemic, there are many other ...
February 10, 2021

5 Supportive Responses to a Sexual Violence Disclosure

Jennifer Karpus-Romain, OAESV Partner & Volunteer
Sexual violence is the fault of the perpetrator. When we blame the victim, perpetrators aren't held accountable for their action, and ultimately, perpetrators are more likely to continue their destructive behaviors and acts of sexual violence. Sexual violence is never the victims’ fault, but ...
December 31, 2020

The Fear of Not Knowing & The Resilience of Survivors and Communities

Shandra Witherspoon, Director of Coordinated Community Responses, OAESV
This entire year has hands down been one for the history books. From battling dueling pandemics to watching unprecedented political events, I can truly say 2020 has brought challenges I never thought I would face. Never have I experienced nightly curfews that spread across the world, stores ...
December 23, 2020

OAESV Statement on Recent State Violence - December 2020

Content Warning: Police Violence, State Violence, Racism, Murder OAESV condemns the state violence that has been weaponized against Black people in Ohio communities and beyond. This violence is ongoing, unacceptable, relentless, and gut-wrenching, as we’ve seen in the past weeks with Casey ...
October 20, 2020

Joint Statement - THE TIME IS NOW: Victim-Service Agencies in Ohio Need Government Officials to Step Up and Provide Funding

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Ohio Crime Victims Justice Center, Ohio Domestic Violence Center, Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers, and Ohio Victim Witness Association
In an era of reduced taxes and efforts to slim down federal agencies, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant should have been a conflict-free solution to funding the non-profits our government relies on to support crime victims. Developed by the Reagan Administration, the VOCA fund is comprised ...