April 25, 2019

It’s More Than Hope: Do We Really Believe Prevention of Sexual and Gender Based Violence is Possible

Ann Brandon, OAESV Director of Prevention
I received a most treasured piece of art a couple months ago, it was a gift from a lovely friend whom I rarely see in person. I commented on a post when she was showcasing her work. She wasn't selling or promoting her pieces, she was teaching us how she was healing through her art. She reached ...
April 25, 2019

OAESV’s Advocacy Day & the Impact on Ohio Survivors

Camille Crary, OAESV Director of Legal Services & Public Policy
During Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), our community energizes, bringing sexual violence issues to the forefront of public conversation in a variety of formats. On April 8, we have the opportunity to bring a unified message to the Ohio Statehouse, and meet directly with lawmakers about ...
April 25, 2019

The Human Rights & Heartbeat Protection Act: A Note from a Survivor

Sophia Fifner, OAESV partner
A victim of rape should not be required to carry her rapist's child to term. However, the Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act forces women and girls who are victims of humanity's worst and oldest crime to endure the unimaginable. The irony of this law is that it attempts to save the lives ...
April 25, 2019

The SAAM Rollercoaster: Encouragement for Folks Working in the Sexual Violence Field

Megan Jones-Williams, Director of Training & Advocacy at OAESV
I love rollercoasters. Before moving to Ohio a few years ago, most of my knowledge about the state focused on Cedar Point and Kings Island. As a child, I begged for our family vacations to include time at an amusement park and as a teenager, I may have skipped school for a trip to Six Flags ...
May 21, 2018

Mass Shootings & the Primary Prevention of Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence

Aside from the obvious deadly use of guns, the one thing America's mass shootings have in common is toxic masculinity. From reacting abusively to spurned advances and rejections, to full-fledged physical and sexual violence, the vast majority of mass shooters in the United States are white ...
April 16, 2018

Roaring for Change

Sophia Fifner, OAESV Partner
As women, I believe one of the most challenging stories to tell is our own. We boldly champion the adversities of others by fearlessly speaking up for the needs of our community. We take on policy issues headfirst; we volunteer our time, and we delicately share the stories of others because we ...