Sexual Assault Options Program Successes/Challenges

Jul 15, 2014

Credit Ashland Police

One of the features of the "You Have Options" sexual assault program pioneered by Ashland Police is its speed.  Or lack, actually. 

"You Have Options" gives sexual assault victims the option of choosing NOT to press charges immediately after the incident. 

And that "go slow" option puts the program in conflict with rules that govern sexual assault reporting on college campuses. 

Detective Carrie Hull manages the program for APD; she joins us to talk about the program's accomplishments... and its obstacles.