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 ...
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 ...
February 14, 2018

From Ohio's Advocates With Love

Being a rape crisis advocate is not a glamorous, celebrated, or in some cases, even respected profession. It's not something anyone chooses to do because they want to be wealthy or well-known. Advocates are rarely ever celebrated for their hard work or compassion, and rarely is the burden of ...
February 6, 2018

Advocates Sue DeVos Over Title IX Changes

On January 25th, three civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Arguing that Devos' Title IX guidance policy holds discriminatory stereotypes about women and creates unsafe environments that are not conducive to learning, The Victim Rights Law Center, ...