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 ...
April 16, 2015

The Voices of Ohio

Becky Perkins, Communications Coordinator
There are voices that can easily be found. In offices, locker rooms, family rooms, and lunchrooms, they resonate: the voices of ordinary people discussing news of the latest public figure to be accused of sexual assault. In blogs, chat rooms, social media posts, and media websites, you can read ...
January 15, 2015

When Justice Meets Healing

Becky Perkins, Communications Coordinator
Prior to coming to OAESV, I worked for several years for a local rape crisis program. Over and over again, I witnessed first-hand the trauma that victims of sexual violence suffer and the difficulty many endure while participating in the criminal justice system. It was easy for me to become ...