The following resources are available for individuals to discuss incidents and issues related to sexual misconduct on a confidential basis. Confidential resources can provide survivors with information about support services and their options.
Confidential resources will not disclose information about incidents or sexual misconduct to anyone, including law enforcement or the University, except in very limited situations, such as when failure to disclose the information would result in imminent dange to the individual or to others.
Because of the confidential nature of these resources, disclosing information to or seeking advice from a confidential resource does not constitute a report or complaint to the University and will not result in a response or intervention by the University. Confidential advocates may have to disclose information regarding the type and location of crimes occuring on campus property, but they do not have to include any names or details.
Confidential 24/7 advocacy and counseling services are still available for individuals in need. Please refer to the resources below for information on how to access services remotely while you are away from campus.
Click here for a list of COVID-19 Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors in Franklin County. This list includes local and national resources including financial support, social support, legal support, safety considerations, and more. The Ohio Helpline continues to be available to survivors across Ohio.
In addition to our campus and local resources, the RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline, is available to support any survivor in need anywhere in the country. Call 800-656-HOPE or visit www.RAINN.org to chat online with a trained sexual violence advocate who can connect you to resources in your area.
SARNCO 24-hour Crisis Helpline 614-267-7020 or 844-OHIO-HELP - Callers across Ohio can speak to a trained advocate who will provide confidential emotional support, crisis response and information and options for local resources in their community.
The Ohio Sexual Violence Helpline is a 24/7 confidential resource providing advocacy and support for survivors of sexual violence across Ohio, including students, faculty, and staff at The Ohio State University. Staffed by trained advocates, the helpline provides:
- Confidential emotional support
- Crisis Response
- Information about options and local resources available to survivors and co-survivors, or their friends and family
A crucial component of the helpline's advocacy efforts is to listen and empower survivors with information about their options so that they have a choice in their next steps toward healing. The Ohio Sexual Violence Helplines aims to ensure that no matter where in Ohio a survivor is located, they will have 24-hour access to sexual violence advocacy and links to resources and options in their local community.
SARNCO On-Campus Advocates (614-688-2518) — provide confidential support for survivors of sexual violence, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors of OSU’s Columbus campus. The on-campus office is located at 33. W. 11th Avenue, Room 202, Columbus, OH 43201.
We are still accessible Monday-Friday by phone and by email. Survivors, co-survivors and our partners on/off campus are welcome to call and email Emily.SARNCO@ohiohealth.com or Suzie.SARNCO@ohiohealth.com. If a survivor, co-survivor, or community partner would like to meet in person, we will still be accommodating requests to meet.
SARNCO AFTERCARE ADVOCACY
Provides support for survivors whose needs go beyond advocacy received in the emergency room or Helpline. This program empowers survivors and co-survivors to access community resources to aid in their journey of recovery such as reporting with law enforcement, safety planning and more. Survivors can call 614-788-4739 to reach the Aftercare Advocacy coordinators. Aftercare advocates are available to meet with anyone at the location of their choice, including on campus. Advocates can also make anonymous appointments with university staff to learn more about rights and options if the survivor chooses to report.
Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization Helpline - 866-86-BRAVO or 614-294-7867
The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) provides comprehensive individual and community programs for survivor advocacy and support to LGBTQI survivors of hate and bias violence, discrimination, intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault. If you or someone you know has experienced violence, threats, or intimidation BRAVO can work with ou to help ensure your safety and provide the support you need.
All calls are kept stricly confidential and can be made anonymously. We will guide you through a simple process of information gathering about the incident, and about yourself. There are no requirements. You are allowed to share the level of information that is comfortable for you. You may even choose to report anonymously. BRAVO will help you explore your options and potential courses of action as well as assist in developing a safey plan.
Keep in mind that there is no requirement to make a police report; however, if you choose to make a police report, we can explain the procedure and provide in person support and advocacy throughout the process. After your initial contact with BRAVO, we will still be there for you. We can assist and accompany you through all steps in the process.
BRAVO's helpline is staff:
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday - Thursday: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence 24 hour Hotline 614-244-HOME(4663)
HOTLINE staff are trained in safety planning and also provide information as well as referrals based on caller's individual needs.
TEMPORARY EMERGENCY SHELTER offers a safe refuge for victims and their children who are in imminent danger and have no safe place to go.
LEGAL AND COMMUNITY ADVOCATES Legal advocates located within the municipal cour system offer support, gather information, assist with filing criminal charges and obtain protection orders to help victims navigate the court system. Community advocates help connect victims with other programs and services to vercome barriers related to domestic violence.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COUNSELING AND PEER SUPPORT GROUPS Offers individual counseling licensed professionals to aid in recovery from trauma related to domestic violence and facilitator-led peer support groups.
See the Brochure for more information.
Location: 500 W Wilson Bridge Rd Suite 245, Worthington OH 43085
Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) (Students only)
CCS COVID-19 updates: Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) is here to support the Ohio State community while the world adjusts to COVID-19. CCS is continuing to provide Mental Health support services to students. The use of technology to facilitate person-to-person interactions has increased our ability to connect with students regardless of location. Students are encouraged to continue reaching out to CCS even if not in the Central Ohio area. Please click the link for more details.
Student Life's CCS provides counseling and consultation to all students enrolled at The Ohio State University. Students' spouses/partners who are covered by the Comprehensive Student Health Insurance are also eligible for services. CCS offers counseling and therapy to help students address personal, academic and career concerns. Both individual and group counseling are available. Their diverse staff specializes in a number of issues, including (but not limited to) substance abuse, eating disorders, sexual assault, relationship violence, international student concerns, LGBTQIA issues and multiculturalism.
Main office: 4th floor of the Younkin Success Center at 1640 Neil Avenue.
CCS Lincoln Tower office: 1030 Lincoln Tower, 1800 Cannon Dr.
Need Immediate Assistance: Visit the CCS website for information about the Crisis Text Line and emergency services.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (Employees Only)
The Ohio State EAP, available 24/7/365 for Ohio State benefits-eligible faculty, staff, and family members provides life assistance for a wide array of personal, work-related, and daily living challenges such as stress, marital/family challenges, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, legal consultation, identify theft support, financial consulatation, childcare and eldercare locatores and much more. All EAP services are personalizes to fit your specific need and are provided by The Ohio State Universith Health Plan, Inc.
Ohio State Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Program (STAR) (For everyone)
The STAR (Stress, Trauma and Resilience) Program recognizes the importance of addressing experiences of trauma with evidence-based, trauma-informed practices and approaches to care. It is estimated that nine in 10 Americans are exposed to a traumatic event at some time in their lives. This includes abuse or violence, a disaster, a medical condition or a sudden and profound loss.
The STAR Trauma Recovery Center (STAR TRC) offers specialized services to victims of crime and their families across Central Ohio through a grant awarded by the Ohio Attorney General's office. This program facilitates healing for adult survivors of trauma, violence, and loss through an innovative, evidence-based model of comprehensive trauma-informed care, advocacy and outreach.
For information on the STAR Program, call 614-293-STAR (7827). Please choose option 1 for emergencies.
Mt. Carmel Crime and Trauma Assistance Program (CTAP)
CTAP offers outreach, advocacy, and counseling services for victims, survivors and co-survivors. counseling is available on both an individual and group basis for children ages 3 and up, adults and seniors. Interpreting services available upon request. Clients will receive a full assessment to determine appropriateness for the program. Factors that influence appropriateness for trauma specific counseling include current alcohol and drug use, stabilization and level of safety. If a client is assessed and trauma specific treatment is not the right fit at this time, our case manager and clinician will provide referrals to alternative programs that would be a better fit at the time of assessment. Individual sessions will be scheduled based on client's treatment goals.
See the Brochure for more information
There are two dedicated trauma counselors to work with the OSU community. Confidential referrals can be made for students through Counseling and Consultation Service and for exmployees through the Employee Assistance Program. The Title IX office can also make referrals, though remember that Title IX staff are mandated reporters.
Confidential Legal Resources
Student Legal Services (students only)
Student Legal Services is a non-profit law office providing legal services to eligible Ohio State students, including assistance with landlord-tenant disputes, obtaining civil protection orders and crime victims compensation. Attorneys are not employees of the university and will not result in a report to the University.
Location: 20 E 11th. Ave, Columbus OH 43201