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, ...
December 5, 2017

Advocate Privilege: A Survivor's Perspective

Sophia Fifner, M.S., OAESV Partner
I was raped. It was a cold night in November; I was a high school senior and only 17 years old. I was at a small party, in an obscure home and had consumed one too many drinks. After an uneventful night, I fell asleep only to wake to an unfamiliar person assaulting me. Looking back with nearly ...
November 3, 2017

Advocate Privilege in Ohio: It's Time

When you visit your doctor because something's wrong, it can feel embarrassing and scary – especially if it's a very personal problem that you don't want anyone to know about. But you take comfort in the fact that your doctor cannot be legally compelled to discuss your medical issues with ...
October 17, 2017

Supporting Survivors: "Me Too"... or not

Dr. Tyffani Dent, licensed psychologist
In the last couple of days, there has been a "Me, too" campaign in response to the allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault leveled against Harvey Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein is known as a powerhouse movie producer and many women have recently come forth stating that he used such power ...
July 14, 2017

This "so-called rape crisis situation" does indeed exist, and survivors are suffering for it

Ann Brandon, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist, Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
Lest anyone forget: it was the voices of survivors that echoed national policy changes to campus sexual assault in 2011. It was the voices of survivors that were heard when the White House Task Force created standards for survivor centered investigations and to hold universities accountable for ...