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 ...
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 ...