sexual assault

Innovation In Sexual Assault Handling At SOU

Feb 23, 2015
U.S. Navy

The rest of the country continues to take notice of the innovative programs for dealing with sexual assault in Ashland and at Southern Oregon University

The general approach: let the assault survivor call the shots on pace and depth of investigation. 

The city and SOU programs were featured on a national TV broadcast last month (20/20 on ABC). 

SOU Lauded For Sexual Assault Response

Dec 13, 2014
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The terms "sexual assault" and "campus" keep showing up in news headlines. 

College leaders, police and Congress are taking notice. 

A recent Senate hearing featured testimony from Southern Oregon University about the school's program for dealing with sexual assault, called "Campus Choice."

It is a partnership with City of Ashland police and the "You Have Options" program, which puts victims in control of the investigations into their assaults. 

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Ashland, Oregon is not one of the major cities of the United States. 

But it is a leader in at least one field: the investigation of sexual assault crimes. 

The city's "You Have Options" program is drawing attention and requests for information from law enforcement all over the country. 

Now the country comes to Ashland for the 2014 Southern Oregon Sexual Assault Symposium

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. 

USAF

Most victims of sexual assault never report the crime to police. By some estimates, up to 80 percent of such crimes go unreported. In an effort to change that, the police department in Ashland  is pioneering a new approach that lets rape victims call the shots.

Military Interest In Sex Assault Program

Dec 30, 2013
Ashland Police

The very title of Ashland's program for sexual assault victims says a lot: "You Have Options." 

Those options include waiting to decide whether to file charges, which can make a big difference in a victim's well-being.