Rape crisis center leaves school to ensure confidentiality


ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A southeast Ohio rape crisis center is leaving Ohio University to operate under an area domestic violence shelter that says it can ensure confidentiality for sexual assault victims.

The Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program had been affiliated with the Athens-based university since its 2013 founding.

The university last year deemed Ohio’s mandatory crime-reporting laws meant that its workers in the outreach program couldn’t offer confidentiality to victims since university employees must inform police of reported felonies.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2alzL3x ) that having the center operate under My Sister’s Place beginning in October will mean victims of sexual assault, dating violence or stalking can seek out help without having to report anything to police. It also will allow the center to expand.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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